Melbourne Cricket Ground is one of the multi-sports arenas right now, but when it was constructed it was purely for cricket only. It still holds the big cricket games and it has the biggest possible capacity to hold fans. Let us know more about the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Basic Details about Melbourne Cricket Ground
Nick Name: ‘The G’
Location: Yarra Park, East Melbourne, Melbourne City, Victoria, Australia
Nearest Transit Point: Richmond Railway Station and Jolimont Railway Station
Owner: Government of Victoria
Operator: Melbourne Cricket Club
Capacity: 100, 024 fans
Field Size: 171 m x 146 m
No of Executive Suites: 109
Tenants: Australian Cricket Team, Victorian Bushrangers, Melbourne Stars, Melbourne Football Club, Richmond Football Club, Collingwood Football Club, Hawthorn Football Club
Record Attendance: 121, 696 fans on 26th September, 1970 for the VFL Grand Final between Carlton and Collingwood.
About Melbourne Cricket Ground – MCG
The current site of MCG was first selected by the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) in the year 1938 and it took almost 25 years to come up with a cricket stadium. Till then, the Melbourne Cricket Club used to play its home games at different cricket grounds across the city of Melbourne.
Till many years the MCG was strictly used for the purpose of playing local and international cricket only. But then it has now become a multi-purpose sports center. The MCG is considered to be the 11th largest stadium of the world and the largest in the southern hemisphere. MCG is at a walking distance from the Melbourne City Center. The spectators can reach the stadia easily via Richmond and Jolimont Railway stations.
Apart from cricket MCG also hosts Footy (Australian Rules football), Rugby and various other sports activities as well. In the past it has also hosted the 1956 Summer Olympic Games and also the 2006 Commonwealth Games as well.
If we talk about cricket only then the ‘Boxing Day Test Match’ (26th December) each year has become the most sought event by all the cricket lovers is played here at MCG only. The Melbourne Cricket Ground has hosted the 1992 ICC Cricket World Cup Final and will host the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup Final as well.
MCG can hold above 100, 000 fans at times and that is the biggest capacity for any cricket stadium currently.
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