Melbourne Cricket Ground
The Melbourne Cricket Ground, MCG or the 'G' as it’s known to locals has, and continues to be an iconic Melbourne sporting arena since its construction in 1853. Home to major Australian and international sporting events the ‘G’ is fast becoming an international name in sporting stadiums. Every year the MCG plays host to some of the most intense and emotional achievements in sporting history including the AFL Grand Final and the Boxing Day Test.
From March each year fans flock to the stadium to watch their team battle it out for a spot in the AFL Grand Final. The ultimate sporting event in Melbourne, Grand Final day sees the city stop for bounce down in front of a crowd of 100,000, not to mention the hundreds of thousands that watch it from their living rooms and pubs across Australia.
The MCG also plays host to some of the most watched cricket matches in the world. The Boxing Day Test, which was held here for the first time in 1950, still attracts huge crowds from around Australia. Not only does it host this great game it has seen some miraculous achievements by Australia’s sporting elite like Shane Warne taking his 700th test wicket in the 2006 match against England.
Other great moments in history that have played out at this famous stadium are the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, 2006 Commonwealth Games, Australian World Cup soccer qualifiers, State of Origin and even Pope John Paul II visited the ground when he held a mass here during his 1986 visit to Melbourne.
The MCG is also home to The National Sports Museum with tours of the hallowed turf operating daily
Join us at Mantra on Jolimont during your next Melbourne stay. We provide the best MCG accommodation in Melbourne, just 50m from the members’ gate.