The cultural sporting ground of Melbourne, the MCG, or lovingly referred as The G, is located in the heart of the city at Yarra Park. It is ideally close to the city and in walking distance to the city centre. The MCG is the 10th largest stadium in the southern hemisphere and the largest ground in Australia.
The MCG has had a great history since it was built in 1853 with many iconic sporting events taking place here. It was the centrepiece stadium of the 1956 summer Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. During the summer months it is used for many international cricket matches and in the winter months it hosts the AFL games, when it is commonly referred to as the ‘spiritual home to the AFL’. The all important AFL grand final is played at the MCG during which the stadium generally fills to capacity because the game is so popular.
This revered stadium has certainly earned its place in Australia’s sporting culture as well as gaining Victorian Heritage Registry. It was also included in the Australian National Heritage List in 2005. The MCG is known internationally and is a major tourist destination. Moreover, it is known as a symbol of Melbourne to share with the world.