Melbourne Cricket Ground Tours
- Sports Lovers Tour of Melbourne, Australia
Sports lovers have a choice of a half- or full-day Australian Sports Tour, showcasing Melbourne as the Sports Capital of Australia, including a behind-the-scenes visit to the Melbourne Cricket Ground. More
- Sports Lovers Tour of Melbourne plus Foster's Australia Brewery
This tour showcases many of Melbourne's best sporting venues, and includes a behind-the-scenes visit to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), combined with a tour of The Carlton and United Brewery. More
About the MCG
Cricket-lovers the world over speak reverently of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The MCG is a cricket ground steeped in history, raw emotion and drama.
The Peoples Ground as it is affectionately known was built in 1853. 3.5 million people visit the grounds each year when more than 60 days of cricket and football are played.
It has hosted countless international matches and events including the first two tests ever, and the 1992 Cricket Cup Final. Other sporting spectacles include Olympic Soccer Australia World Cup, Soccer Qualifiers, Rugby League home and away matches, State of Origin and International Rugby Union matches.
Australian Rules Football (AFL) and Victoria Football League (VFL) grand finals and the 1956 Olympic Games were held at the MCG.
In March 2006 the MCG hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the track and field events for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. A $465 million redevelopment of the northern side of the stadium was completed before the games began.
The MCG's reputation as a leading multi-purpose stadium is due to its world class seating and facilities.
Late in December 2006, the grounds held the 100th cricket test between Australia and England. 244,000 people attended over 3 days including a near record 89,155 attendance on Boxing Day.
As well as sporting events the MCG has hosted many blockbuster music concerts including artists such as Paul McCartney, Madonna, U2, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, the Three Tenors and David Bowie.
Billy Graham held his 1959 Crusade at the MCG and Pope John Paul held mass there in 1986.
The MCG's Heritage Collection includes some of Australia's most priceless sporting memorabilia. These vast collections of sporting and cultural artefacts are housed in the National Sports Museum located across two levels of the Olympic stand (www.nsm.org.au).
The MCG is located in close proximity to the Melbourne CBD and is on both the tram and train network.