The SCG is a popular place all year round, with games of Twenty20 cricket, test cricket, and AFL played throughout the calendar year. Although it is home to the New South Wales Blues cricket team, AFL has certainly left its mark on this oval. The Sydney Swans also call this place home and represent their colours in this state.
The first game to be played here was a cricket march in 1882. An inter-colonial football match between Victoria and New South Wales in 1881 bought some good old Aussie footy to the grounds. Since then, Essendon and Melbourne played a premiership in 1904 and Richmond and Collingwood battled it out in 1952. When South Melbourne football club relocated as the Sydney Swans and took over the grounds in 1982, the grounds really made their way into AFL history.
The Swans have certainly made the sport more popular in New South Wales. Sydney won their preliminary final against Essendon here in 1996. The largest crowd to ever see an AFL match in Sydney came out in 1997 to see the Swans take on Geelong.