The Ultimate 2020 Guide To Seating At The MCG
The Melbourne Cricket Ground is one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks and sporting institutions. Known around the world as the MCG and locally as simply the G, it has been the home of sport in Melbourne for almost 70 years. Its capacity of 100,024 makes it Australia’s biggest stadium and the 10th largest on the planet, while its many stories and memorable occasions make it an essential part of the city’s identity.
Despite its name, AFL is the sport primarily associated with the ground and the MCG is home to four of Melbourne’s AFL teams – Richmond, Hawthorn, Collingwood and Melbourne. The MCG is considered the main ground for AFL in Australia and is home to the Grand Final each year, as well as special matches such as the annual Indigenous round Dreamtime at the ‘G and the ANZAC Day contest.
Seating plan for the Melbourne Cricket Ground
The MCG is a versatile stadium that hosts not only AFL matches, but also cricket, rugby union and league, soccer and tennis. It has played host to the Olympic Games on two occasions, as well as the Commonwealth Games and many concerts and cultural events. This means that the seating can vary in its layout depending on what the event requires.
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The MCG is huge and if it is your first time visiting, finding your seat can seem a little daunting. There are always stewards to help direct you but a great resource is Find My Seat. It enables you to search the ground for your seat and ensure you’re heading in the right direction on the day.
The MCG has a long and storied history as the centre of Melbourne sport.
Built in 1953, the MCG has hosted some of the world’s biggest sporting and cultural events. The most noteworthy include:
– The 1956 Olympic Games
– The 2006 Commonwealth Games
– FIFA World Cup Qualifiers
– The 1992 and 2015 Cricket World Cups
It was also the setting for cricket great Shane Warne to take his 700th test wicket against England in 2006, the biggest VFL Grand Final crowd ever recorded in 1970 when 121,696 fans watched Carlton beat Collingwood and the scene of controversy in 1995 when Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was no-balled repeatedly for an illegal bowling action.
Getting to and from the MCG on match and event days
The MCG is located in the Melbourne and Olympic Park Sports Precinct, one of the city’s major hubs. This means there are many transport options available.
Public transport is the recommended way to get to and from the MCG. The two main train stations servicing the stadium are Jolimont and Richmond.
Jolimont Station is the station closest to the MCG and is accessible by the Hurstbridge and Mernda train lines. Richmond Station is on the other side of the sports precinct to Jolimont and is for south and eastern train line passengers, including Frankston, Pakenham, Sandringham and Cranbourne lines.
There are other train stations within walking distance including:
– North Richmond
– East Richmond
– West Richmond
– Flinders Street Station
The viability of these stations depends on how far you are prepared to walk but from Flinders Street Station it is a leisurely 15-minute walk alongside the Yarra River.
Several trams also stop outside the MCG including the 48, 70 and 75 routes.
During major sporting events, whether at the MCG itself or at one of the other venues in the precinct, extra train and tram services are provided to cope with the increased traffic.
Check the PTV website for train, tram and bus timetable information.
Driving to the ground
Public transport is considered the easiest and least stressful way to get to and from the MCG. The increased match day traffic in the already congested CBD can make driving a slow and tiring experience. However, if public transport isn’t a viable option or you prefer to drive, then parking is available in and around the MCG. Onsite parking incurs a fee and the limited spaces fill up fast – check with the MCG for more information about cost and availability as it can be subject to changes based on match or event day requirements. You can also find parking in the surrounding area, with Yarra Park offering limited street spaces.
Another option is one of Melbourne’s many taxi companies. Two of the most well-known are 13CABS and Silver Top Taxi, plus there is the option of Uber, however, be aware of surge pricing during major events.