The MCG is more than just a sports venue. Established in 1853, less than 20 years after the founding of the city of Melbourne itself, it is steeped in a rich history.
It was the birthplace of Australian Rules football in 1858, Test cricket in 1877 and One-Day International cricket in 1971. It has hosted a diverse range of events – from the 1956 Olympic Games to the 2006 Commonwealth Games – and attracts more than two million fans annually.
The ’G, as it is affectionately known to locals, has been called Melbourne’s heartbeat and is considered Australia’s spiritual home of sport – a place where memories are made and childhood dreams can come alive for locals and visitors alike.
Nestled in Yarra Park, just a 10-minute walk from the heart of the city, it has function and dining spaces to suit any occasion, houses Australia’s largest collection of sporting memorabilia at the National Sports Museum, and delivers a taste of Melbourne’s famous café and bar culture through its numerous food and beverage outlets, many of which are open to the public daily.
On any visit to Melbourne, the MCG Tour is an absolute must for those looking to learn more about this Melbourne icon! Visitors enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at one of the world’s most celebrated sports stadiums, with official MCG tour guides offering insights on the history and the secrets of the ’G, and providing access to otherwise off-limits areas of the ground.
With Melbourne regarded as the world’s sporting capital, it is only fitting that the MCG is home to the National Sports Museum (NSM). Unique among sports and stadium museums around the world, the NSM brings together the history of Australian sport and the MCG itself, with more than 3500 pieces of memorabilia covering countless sporting pursuits.
In addition, visitors will soon be able to view the MCG like never before with the development of an MCG roof experience! Set to open in late 2017, this attraction will enable visitors to walk on the MCG roof, taking in spectacular views of the CBD and Melbourne’s sporting precinct, while those who are more daring can top off the experience with a thrilling zip line across the stadium!
With its size, history and status, unique tourism offerings and appealing cafés and hospitality spaces, the MCG is a must-visit Melbourne destination.
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