Melbourne Cricket Ground News

AFL
14 Oct 2020

MCG goal square on the way to the Gabba for Grand Final

With the AFL Grand Final will be played outside of Melbourne for the first time this year, a piece of the MCG will feature at the Brisbane venue.

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23 Sep 2020

The MCG celebrates 167th birthday

Empty stands, quiet concourses and siren-less Saturday nights – the last six months have been different to the norm for the MCG.

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AFL
10 Aug 2020

Negotiations to move AFL Grand Final set to begin

The AFL Grand Final appears all-but-certain to be moved outside of Victoria for the first time in its 122-year history, while the Australian Open and Melbourne Cup will remain.

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1 Jul 2020

MCG’s new PA system wins industry award

The MCG’s new public announcement (PA) and Emergency Warning and Intercommunication System (EWIS) has received global recognition, taking out the prize for Venue Project of the Year at the 2020 AV Technology Awards.

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AFL
26 Jun 2020

Crowd restrictions ease as states eye off AFL Grand Final

Restrictions on sporting crowds continue to ease with Optus Stadium set to welcome a full house on July 19, mounting pressure on the MCG to retain the 2020 AFL Grand Final. While NSW has banned Victorian fans from events.

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4 May 2020

MCG improves fan experience with new lighting and PA system

An historic lighting re-fit and an upgrade to the MCG’s PA system are just two of the major capital works projects completed by the Melbourne Cricket Club over the summer season.

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17 Apr 2020

Transforming the MCG turf

Managing the turf at Australia’s largest and busiest stadium – the Melbourne Cricket Ground – is no small job and HG Turf have been charged with the responsibility since 1998.

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11 Apr 2020

Take a virtual stadium tour while in isolation

While attending a sports stadium isn’t possible at the moment, you can take a virtual walk around the MCG, SCG, Adelaide Oval, and other stadiums here on Austadiums.

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Coronavirus
18 Mar 2020

AFL confirms season will start at an empty MCG on Thursday

The AFL has announced the 2020 Premiership Season will commence as planned on Thursday evening, with the traditional Richmond-Carlton match at an empty MCG.

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17 Jan 2020

Rebranded Australian Sports Museum to open February

The National Sports Museum, home of Australia's largest collection of sporting memorabilia, will be renamed the Australian Sports Museum when it re-opens next month following a $17 million upgrade.

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Cricket
28 Dec 2019

Boxing Day Test set to remain in Melbourne

The Victorian Government and Cricket Australia are close to a new deal to keep the iconic Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground into the future.

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18 Dec 2019

LED lighting upgrade for the MCG

Melbourne’s iconic MCG light towers are undergoing a significant change, currently being upgraded to LED technology.

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10 Dec 2019

MCC confident wicket won’t affect Boxing Day Test

Melbourne Cricket Club officials are confident of producing a good Boxing Day pitch, dispelling attempts to poach the showpiece Test match.

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31 Oct 2019

New MCG sound system to boost volume at iconic venue

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.

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20 Mar 2019

MCG Southern Stand set for redevelopment within next decade

The MCG is likely to see major renovations to the Great Southern Stand in the next 10 years, according to outgoing MCC president Steven Smith.

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23 Feb 2019

New MCC seating policy to avoid empty seats

The Melbourne Cricket Club has introduced a new seating policy which will make members seats available to the public if not snapped up prior to marquee AFL matches at the MCG.

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18 Feb 2019

National Sports Museum set for multi-million dollar upgrade

The National Sports Museum at the Melbourne Cricket Ground will be given a fresh new-look, with plans released for a $17.1 million upgrade of the tourist attraction.

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13 Jan 2019

MCG claims bragging rights in Stadium Awards

The MCG has taken out the inaugural Austadiums Awards, voted by fans as Australia’s Best Stadium for 2018, while also winning a further two of the minor categories.

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20 Apr 2018

Victorian Government's $500m Cash Spash

The Victorian Labor Government has pledged $500 million to state-wide sports infrastructure including $225 million of the 2018/2019 Budget to help fund redevelopments to the MCG and Etihad Stadium Precinct.

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8 Nov 2016

MCG roof idea floated

Outgoing MCC boss Stephen Gough has raised the idea of building a roof over the MCG and the radical plan has sparked debate far and wide.

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