The Melbourne Cricket Ground is the second largest stadium in the world in terms of seating capacity with its huge stands accommodating a staggering 100,024 seated spectators.
The ground—usually known as the ‘MCG’ or just the ‘G’—has played host to some mega sporting events and concerts. It is often used for cricket matches, particularly test matches and the big Boxing Day Ashes Test against England.
Located in Yarra Park, East Melbourne, Victoria, the MCG also regularly hosts local cricket games and Australian Rules Football finals. Exhibition soccer matches and NFL Grid Iron games are played there. If you are in downtown Melbourne, the ground is within walking distance, but you can also take a cab or use public transport and stop at the Richmond Railway Station.
The MCG has existed since 1853, believe it or not, and it has been constantly redeveloped over the years without moving site. The ground played host to the 1956 Summer Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. It is actually the 10th largest stadium in the world in terms of floor area and holds the distinction of having the highest set floodlights in the world.
Pretty much every sport you can think of has taken place under those bright MCG lights, including rugby league, rugby union, local and international soccer, boxing, tennis, track and field athletics and many others.
Musical entertainment is a regular feature of the MCG, too. Famous rock band, Guns ‘n’ Roses, played there on their Australian tour this year (2017). International music sensation, Adele, also wowed the crowds at the MCG with two fantastic performances in March.
If you love your sport, you can always take a tour of the Australian Sports Museum while at the MCG. Even if cricket isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other, unrelated exhibits to enjoy.