Lovingly referred to as the ‘G’ by locals, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) provides much to enjoy not just for sports fans. From hosting exciting games to a celebration of Australia’s sporting heritage, the MCG is a captivating destination for those seeking to experience Melbourne’s vibrant sports culture.
Go On a Stadium Tour
A great way to experience the MCG which is within easy reach of properties like Citadines on Bourke Melbourne is to go on a behind-the-scenes tour. Embark on a journey through the revered traditions of this stadium as you get to also walk the hallowed boundary line, explore the iconic MCC Long Room, and get a glimpse of player change rooms. Another highlight is the chance to head to Level 4 of the Ponsford Stand, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the city’s skyline.
Enjoy Live Sporting Action
Of course, nothing beats immersing yourself in the electric atmosphere of live sporting events here. Whether it’s passion-filled test cricket during the Australian summer or the intense Aussie rules football matches in winter, the MCG is a modern-day coliseum where the very best teams battle for top honours. Those staying at nearby Melbourne short-stay apartments can easily join thousands of fervent fans and witness the stadium come alive with the spirit of competition!
Visit the Australian Sports Museum
Delve into the heart of local sports at the Australian Sports Museum within the MCG. This comprehensive museum offers an immersive experience, featuring diverse artefacts, interactive aspects, touchscreens, life-size 3D holograms, and more. You can also look forward to reliving iconic sporting moments and visiting the Sport Australia Hall of Fame to engaging in playful activities at the Game On! Section. The museum caters to enthusiasts of all ages, making it a must-visit destination.
See the Parade of Champions
Stroll through the green expanse of Yarra Park surrounding the MCG and discover the Tattersall’s Parade of Champions. Follow the trail of statues honouring Australian sporting greats who have graced the stadium. Highlights include Australian rules football player Kevin Bartlett, cricket spin bowling wizard Shane Warne, and athletics legend Shirley Strickland. This outdoor gallery offers a great way to enjoy an idyllic landscape while also finding out who are some of the nation’s most elite sportsmen and women.