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 Lords, 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.
Come for the T20 World Cup and stay on to discover a global sporting capital, buoyed by a spirit of innovation and creativity.
Melbourne’s culinary scene
Internationally recognised as one of the culinary capitals of the world, Melbourne’s restaurant, bar and café scene is defined by the pursuit of creativity, quality and new ideas. Enjoy a next level breakfast at Higher Ground in architecturally designed surrounds or fuel up with superb coffee at Manchester Press, hidden down Rankins Lane. For an afternoon or evening tipple, make a beeline for Arbory Afloat, a huge floating bar atop the Yarra River; Ponyfish Island or Riverland also on the Yarra; or the iconic Rooftop Bar in Curtin House.
Melbourne’s inner neighbourhoods – Richmond
No visit to Melbourne is complete without experiencing the inner neighbourhoods like a local.
A short stroll or tram ride from the MCG, the neighbourhood of Richmond is nestled right next to the city’s sporting precinct. It’s the perfect spot to get your taste buds tingling.
Tip your hat to the Good Food Guide champions, adding fine culinary pedigree to the local dining scene: Minamishima, Anchovy and Noir. Baby Pizza and Kong on Church Street always hit the spot, as does the hustle and bustle of traditional, fast and exceptional Vietnamese food on Victoria Street.
Make sure you check out local favourite the Corner Hotel for live music and rooftop brews.
Arts and culture
Be inspired by world class art collections at cutting-edge galleries and sense your mind expanding as your feet lead you through a network of laneway exhibitions and art studios.
Head to Melbourne’s Arts Precinct where the Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse, Recital Centre and the National Gallery of Victoria form Melbourne's beating cultural heart. At Federation Square, where art meets architecture, see the Aboriginal art collection at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Feel goose bumps as you join applauding crowds in Melbourne’s East End Theatre District or immerse yourself in the city’s ever-changing street art scene.
HOW TO GET TO THE MCG
There are two train stations close to the MCG. Jolimont (otherwise known as MCG Station) is north of the ground and offers a five-minute stroll through Yarra Park to the ground. From any railway station in the central business district, take the Hurstbridge or Epping lines.
The other station is Richmond on the south eastern side of the MCG. It's a slightly longer walk to the ground but you can walk past the Punt Road Oval to the Great Southern Stand side.
To get to Richmond station from the city, take any train on the Lilydale, Belgrave, Alamein, Glen Waverley, Dandenong, Pakenham, Cranbourne, Frankston or Sandringham lines.
Timetables can be found at the Metro Trains website www.metrotrains.com.au
Three tram routes provide access to the MCG.
- No. 75 (City-Vermont South) travels along Flinders St and connects with the eastern suburbs via Wellington Parade.
- No. 48 (Docklands/City-North Balwyn) travels along Collins Street and connects with the eastern suburbs via Wellington Parade. Both these routes stop just outside the MCG.
- No. 70 (Docklands/City-Wattle Park) travels along Flinders Street then detours via Melbourne Park and the tram stop is a short walk across the footbridge to the ground.
To plan your tram journey visit the website www.yarratrams.com.au
Route 246, which links La Trobe University with Elsternwick Station, is a useful service for patrons from the northern and southern suburbs. The 246 stops in Punt Road, just a short walk to the venue.
Parking in Yarra Park is always subject to change. Visit the MCG website www.mcg.org.au for the most up-to-date information.
Parking is available at Melbourne and Olympic Park, a short walk across the footbridge from the MCG. Visit the website www.mopt.com.au to book or for more details.
DROP OFF AND PICK UP/TAXI, PRIVATE HIRE, UBER
There are three taxi ranks located near the MCG for patrons to use as a safe and efficient way. These are located:
- In front of Pullman Hotel, corner of Wellington Parade and Clarendon Street in East Melbourne.
- Outside Rod Laver Arena on Olympic Boulevard (previously known as Swan Street).
- Jolimont Terrace.
The MCG is located in Yarra Park, about a 10-minute walk from the Melbourne CBD.
There are a number of bicycle hoops located throughout Yarra Park where you can park your bike while attending the stadium. Please note: These facilities are not manned by security personnel and it is the responsibility of the cyclist to secure the bicycle before entering the stadium.
Bicycles are not permitted to enter the stadium, nor park on the MCG concourse.
MATCH DAY INFORMATION
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
Click here to view the Conditions of Entry for MCG events, including prohibited items
FOOD AND DRINKS
The MCG has a range of quality food and drinks available for fans to suit all diets. Click here to see the options.
FIND MY SEAT
Want to know where your seat is located inside the stadium? Click here to use the MCG’s Find My Seat option and check out your view of the action!
The MCG operates a free shuttle service Travellers Aid during public events. This service is accessible to anyone with mobility challenges and operates up to two hours before the start of the event. There is no need to pre-book, just wait at a designated pick-up point for the next available buggy.
The service has pick up points from the following locations:
- Richmond Station
- Jolimont Station
- Mobility car park
The service will also operate up to 30 minutes post event.
The MCG is recognised as an industry leader in sports venues for its commitment to environment responsibility and encourages patrons to support initiatives to reduce waste. There are numerous waste and recycling bins located around the stadium.