ABOUT THE MCG
Built in 1853, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is the largest stadium in the Southern Hemisphere and 10th biggest in the world boasting a capacity of over 100,000 people.
It’s a stadium rich in history and the scene of some of Australian sports most memorable moments.
The first cricket match played at the MCG took place in September 1854 while Victoria and New South Wales met in the first inter-colonial match in March 1856.
The MCG is the birthplace of Test Cricket (1877) and one-day international cricket (1971), the home for the AFL Grand Final and hosted the 1956 Olympic Games and 2006 Commonwealth Games along with a range of major international events and concerts.
Outside of Lord's, the MCG is the only other stadium around the world to host the ICC Cricket World Cup Final more than once (1992 and 2015).
The MCG underwent significant redevelopments in 1991, when the Great Southern Stand was rebuilt, and again in 2003-2005, when the Northern Stand replaced the old Ponsford, Members and Olympic Stands.
In 2020 the MCG will host the Women’s and Men’s Finals of the ICC T20 World Cup.