A new enhanced sound system is currently being installed at the MCG and while a number of speakers are already in place, the new system isn't yet operational.
Fans attending the T20 International between Australia and Sri Lanka at the MCG on Friday will see a number of large speakers dotted across the roofline of the 100,000-seat stadium, but they won't be in action until the Boxing Day Test on December 26.
The Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) has invested $25 million in an upgrade of the public announcement (PA) system at the stadium, in order to create a more high impact and immersive audio experience at the home of sport.
Working with Auditoria on design and Rutledge AV, A Diversified Company, as head contractor, more than 3000 speakers will be positioned throughout the seating bowl, function rooms and concourse areas to create a tailor-made MCG sound system.
The works, which will be completed ahead of the traditional Boxing Day Test blockbuster on 26 December, will improve the experience all patrons have when visiting the ‘G.
MCC CEO Stuart Fox said that the Club was always striving to ensure the MCG maintains its status as a leading stadium, not just in Australia but on the world stage.
“Providing clear, consistent audio throughout a venue this size is a significant challenge – and that’s before you add 100,000 screaming sports fans into the mix!” he said.
“We are looking forward to switching to the new PA system from Boxing Day, and are confident all visitors to the stadium will notice and enjoy the improved sounds of the ‘G.”
Rutledge AV CEO Andrew Morrice said, “We are thrilled to be bringing the best and latest audio technology and infrastructure to the most iconic sporting stadium in the country.”
Designed with fan experience at the forefront, Auditoria Director Scott Willsallen said he was excited to see how the new system will enhance the many and varied events held at the MCG.
“Australia is a world leader in Sports Presentation and this upgrade will place the 'G as one of the best stadium audio systems in the world, creating an immersive and memorable game-day experience in every seat," he said.
The PA system upgrade is part of a wider $50 million series of capital works projects being undertaken at the MCG in 2019/20.