Melbourne Cricket Ground

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Lord’s, Wembley, Old Trafford, Eden Gardens and Yankee Stadium are considered among the greatest sporting arenas in the world, but for history, pure drama and emotion, it’s hard to look past the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The ground was built way back in 1853 when the then 15-year-old Melbourne Cricket Club was forced by the government to move from its former site because the route of Australia’s first steam train was to pass through the oval. Since then the MCG has established a marvellous history that compares favourably with any other in the world, hosting plenty of international cricket including the first-ever Test and the 1992 and 2015 World Cup finals, countless VFL/AFL Grand Finals, and the 1956 Olympic Games. Other sporting spectacles that have been held there are Australian World Cup soccer qualifiers, rugby league home and away matches and State of Origin, international rugby union clashes and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Apart from its sporting events, the MCG has also witnessed many blockbuster music concerts, and even Pope John Paul II held a mass there when he visited Melbourne in 1986. People from all over Australia, and indeed all over the world, speak reverently about the MCG, a ground that is as well-known as any other. As the birthplace of Test and One Day International cricket, home of the AFL Grand Final, and host to many other events every year, nothing can match the tradition and heritage of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Take a tour! Explore the inner sanctum of the MCG, walk on the hallowed arena and experience where legens play by taking a guided tour behind the scenes! Venture into the player change rooms, media centre, MCC Long Room and step onto the arena itself. It’s Game On at the National Sports Museum Boasting Australia’s largest collection of sporting memorabilia, holograms, interactive zones and activities for visitors of all ages, the National Sports Museum gives a great insight into the sporting culture synonymous with the city of Melbourne. Attend a game Whether it’s Australian Rules Football in the winter or a cricket match in the summer time, coming to a game at the ‘G is a rite of passage. Hear the roar of the crowd, soak up the atmosphere and leave with an experience you’ll never forget!

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