Melbourne's most iconic sporting venue is the magnificent Melbourne Cricket Ground, known around the world as the famous MCG.
The stadium's rich history has witnessed drama and emotion of unrivalled proportions for players, fans and spectators alike since 1853, and is a must-see for sports nuts wanting a truly 'Melbourne' experience.
With a 100,018 capacity, you haven't experienced the passion of Aussie sport until you've seen a game at what the locals affectionately call the 'G. When staying at accommodation near the MCG, it's easy to take a stroll, or a short train or tram ride to the CBD, and enjoy one of the daily MCG guided tours.
“Home to the AFL from March to September, and Cricket Australia from November to February”
Aside from seeing the MCC Library and seven metre-long MCG Tapestry, walking through the stands and seeing the views of Melbourne's skyline, some days there's a chance to walk on the arena itself, and visit the change rooms and cricket viewing room. Located at Yarra Park, Jolimont, the MCG houses the wonders of the National Sports Museum with top exhibitions including the Australian Cricket and Australian Football Halls of Fame, and the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum.
From the glory of the first Test Match in 1877, the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and 2006 Commonwealth Games, to World Cup qualifiers and State of Origin battles, the MCG caters for many codes. Home to the AFL from March to September, and Cricket Australia from November to February, it's also hosted blockbuster concerts such as U2, Michael Jackson and Rolling Stones.