Melbourne Cricket Ground
"Melbourne Cricket Ground - Relive some great Aussie moments and visit the National Museum of Sport also housed here"
If you love your sport and cricket in particular, then you should try to include a visit to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (also known as the MCG)
Nothing quite beats seeing a game here though so if you can get tickets to a cricket event then it really is a great day out. There's usually something going on during the summer months in terms of cricket (one day internationals or interstate competitions)
But the cricket ground also plays host to the AFL - ie Aussie Rules football. This is a big deal in Melbourne and worth attending if you get the opportunity.
Or how about attending a concert here - the likes of U2 and Madonna have played here....
Facts About Melbourne Cricket Ground
Here are some DID YOU KNOW FACTS about the MCG:It was built in 1853 It is the birthplace of Test CricketIt is the home to the AFL and the AFL final is always held here every yearIt was the main stadium for the 1956 Olympic GamesIt was used for the Common Wealth Games in 2006 Michael Jackson has played at the MCG The Locals called it the "G"
Getting to the Ground
The MCG is a little out of the main city but you can easily walk it in about 10 minutes from Federation square - this is probably the best option.
You need to head to gate 3 to get to the right part of this huge ground
If you'd rather not walk you can get trains (MCG has its own dedicated station) or trams (no 78 or 48 are probably the best options) or the free tourist shuttle bus that runs about every 30 minutes from most major Melbourne attraction points.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground Tours
During the summer months you can take part in a guided tour. They are pretty regular, operating between 10am and 3pm most days.
If there is a big game or event on then the tours don't run. You also don't need to book either.
The tour itself lasts about an hour and takes in all the behind the scenes areas of the grounds as well as the stadium itself.
You also get chance to have your photo taken where they superimpose a background so you look like you are actually bowling at the MCG - quite a cool shot if you are into your cricket!
Whilst we were there, they also had a photography exhibition on the world of cricket which was good too. I think they probably rotate the exhibitions throughout the year.
If you love your sport then why not try another tour that takes in the cricket ground as well as other Melbourne sporting venues.
sports lovers tours
Here you can visit the venues that host some of Australia’s favourite sporting events. Sit in the coach’s box, media centres and exclusive member areas. Smell the liniment in the change rooms and walk on the hallowed turf. Visit Flemington Racecourse, home of the Melbourne Cup – the race that stops the nation.
Drive through the Commonwealth Games 2006 Village and around Albert Park, on the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix Circuit alongside Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre.
Choose between tours of the Melbourne Cricket Ground or Rod Laver Arena or entry into the interactive National Sports Museum at The MCG. Enjoy lunch overlooking the Etihad Stadium (formerly Telstra Dome) arena. An unforgettable experience for sports lovers.
PLUS a tour of The Foster's Australia Brewery, famous for Fosters and our favourites Vic Bitter, Carlton Draught, Crown Lager, Pure Blonde. This fascinating tour offers a unique opportunity to experience the past, present and future of beer and brewing in Australia through interactive displays and a guided tour of Australia’s largest brewery. And Yes, there is an opportunity to sit at the free tasting bar!
National Sports Museum
Whilst you are here, why not visit the National Sports Museum.
It's pretty good and you can easily spend a few hours here. There are heaps of permanent exhibitions - the key stand out ones for me were: The interactive sports room where you get to throw balls, play on computer games etc - great for all ages!Shane Warne exhibition - a hologram of Shane, probably Australia's most famous cricketer, who talks to the audience about his sporting highs and lows. The cricket club exhibits - good if you are into cricket and want to see some memorabilia like old bats and balls
Admission prices are reasonable and are discounted if you are coming to an event at the MCG.
Whilst the focus is definitely on cricket and the AFL, there are plenty of other sports showcased in the museum - particularly horse racing.
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