Melbourne Cricket Ground

Published on April 8, 2019

Situated inside the stunning grounds of Yarra Park is the illustrious Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Part of the Melbourne and Olympic Parks precinct, the MCG is surrounded by world class sporting and entertainment venues including; AAMI Park and Rod Laver Arena, home of the Australian Open. Access to the MCG is made effortless with public transport servicing the venue, including Richmond and Jolimont Train Station just a short walk away.

The MCG was constructed in the Yarra Park Grounds in 1853 when the Melbourne Cricket Club was forced by the government to move from its former site because the route of Australia’s first steam train was to pass through the oval. Since then the MCG has established a world class history that compares favourably with other venues around the world, hosting international cricket including the first-ever Test and the 1992 World Cup final, countless VFL/AFL Grand Finals, and the 1956 Olympic Games.

Located inside the MCG is the National Sports Museum, which celebrates Australia’s rich sporting history. The museum is one of Melbourne’s premier museums, showcasing Melbourne and Australian sporting culture through the interactive ‘Game On!’ exhibition, school holiday activities and Australia’s largest collection of sporting memorabilia. Across a multitude of sports, the museum features memorabilia from some of the country’s biggest heroes and highlights moments that have shaped the traditions of Australian sport.

Adding to the experience is the MCG Tour, which allows you to gain an insight into Melbourne’s sporting culture while exploring one of the world’s most iconic stadiums, as you hear from our proud MCC volunteers. Some highlights of the tour include; the famous MCC Long Room, MCC Library (founded in 1873), player change rooms, cricketers’ viewing room, Ron Casey Media Centre, portrait of Sir Donald Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar, a walk on the arena, and the city terrace with views of Melbourne’s skyline.

Inside the gates of the MCG are a number of bars and cafes that reflect Melbourne’s thriving culture of good food and service in a relaxed setting. If you are lucky enough to enter the Melbourne Cricket Club Members Reserve, you will find an extensive selection of bars, café’s and dining experiences that will be sure to leave you feeling satisfied.

In addition to the magnificent grounds, venues and opportunities that the MCG has to offer, the artistic and cultural importance of Australia’s sporting heritage has been encapsulated in statues of sporting heroes. The MCG is a magnet for tourists worldwide and the statues reinforce the association between the elite sportsmen and women who have competed here and the stadium that rejoiced in their performances. These statues can be found along two separate divisions; the Australian Post Avenue of Legends (6 statues) and Tattersall’s Parade of Champions (10 statues) around the outside of the venue.

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