There is nothing better - being in the middle of the best stadium in Australia during a football match. If you want to experience part of Melbourne - come during the months of April to September each year. This is when matches are played in the Australian Football League (AFL). Melbourne has the best stadium in Australia - the MCG. The best matches to go to are between the melbourne clubs - Essendon, Collingwood, Carlton, Richmond (the big 4), Melbourne, St Kilda, Kangaroos. The "Big 4" get the biggest crowds when they play each other, no matter where they are on the football ladder. Essendon/Collingwood average 60,000 - 90,000 etc.
By virtue of the fact that my Aussie friends were Magpies supporters, so I became one. Going to the MCG is easy via the tram or train, and tickets to the games are relatively cheap for decent seats. Of course, a footy pitch is huge, so you're not always on top of the action like at a hockey game, nor can you see what's going on all the time, like at a baseball game. That said, the game is great to watch in person as fans of both teams come out decked in hats, scarves, and shirts promoting their team. There are also team songs (of which I was about to catch three words) and lots of cheap beer. Be advised: As an American, your instinct at a sporting event is to jump out of your seat when there's a big play. That does not happen so much here and people will not appreciate you blocking their view. That said, this is a great way to spend an evening in Melbourne.
Go to an Aussie Rules footy match! Night time is the best for the atmosphere - and preferably including popular teams such as Collingwood and Essendon ( I'd suggest going for Essendon- my team!). Enjoy the fact its the only sport which still gives points even if you miss the goal!!
One of the most famous sports stadiums in the world. Ironically known as the Melbourne Cricket Ground, yet plays host to any number of events - numerous AFL games throughout the season, including one (if not the) most important event in Australia - the AFL Grand Final, the Boxing Day Test Cricket match, the 1956 Olympics and formed a central part of the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Capacity varies according to the event, but 93,000+ recently saw Australia beat Greece in a soccer game. Amazingly, it is only a couple of kms from the centre of the city and forms the centre piece of the 'sporting' island of Olympic park, the Rod Laver Arena (home of the Australian Tennis Open) and the Vodaphone Arena.
Tours of the ground are available, Monday-Thursday, 10am-3pm on non-event days (start at the South Stand)
One of the great things about visiting other countries is the different foods land I'm not just talking about the restaurants but the lollies biscuits ect .
this pic is just for over seas people you must must must must must must must must must try tim tams the best biscuits on earth i just ate this and scanned the wrapt hope i'm allowed to do that.
they are the best and no i do not work for the company.
did i say you must try them can't remember oh yeah I did several times.
Another chocolate which is some what like crunchie bars is the aussie one called Violet crumble .very high techn choc bar not .Basically honey comb coated in chocolate .Just off the lollies Vegimite is a aussie icon which I love but you may hate if you never grown up with it but surely you have to try it just to know I recommed speading it very lightly on your toast .it's great with cheese as well in a sandwhich
Melourne Cricket ground is the sporting center for Cricket and Aussie rules football. They offer a 1 hour guided tour of the stadium, its an interesting tour with plenty of historical facts about how the stadium has grown and the events that have taken place there.
When we took the tour they were getting the stadium ready for the 2006 Commonwealth games so would could not access all parts of the stadium, on normal tour you get the chance to walk on the pitch.
If you've never been to Melbourne and it's footy season (and you are a sports fan), you can not go by without catching an Aussie Rules game (AFL).
What better place to experience your first game than the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Even if you are not a huge sports fan, the experience of a game at the MCG is one you won't forget.
A ticket can cost anywhere from $15 for a childs ticket right up to about $60 for the best seats.
The MCG is a Melbourne must see it's the closet thing we have to a coliseum. It is used mainly used for the Aussie football and cricket but has many other this there as well. Eg the 1956 Olympics and will host the Commonwealth Games in March 2006. But there has not been a better day then the last Saturday in September in 1963 when the mighty Geelong cats won the aussie rules final GO CATS.
Well a place to see when in Melbourne is the MCG Melbourne Cricket Ground if you are a sports fan you will love it. It's the place where the 1956 Summer Olympics were held and now is being expanded to hold over 100,000 people. Apart from Cricket played there it also hosts Australian football a game which you should see if in Australia a lot of fun with huge crowds. Also Concerts and other major events like soccer ect. Well worth a look even if it is just for the size of it.
Home to major sporting events, the MCG has traditionally thrilled millions around the world with events such as the Olympic Games, Test Cricket and Australian Football's incomparable Grand Final on the last Saturday in September. Take the MCG tour to learn the sporting history of Melbourne, departing regularly from 10a.m. to 3p.m.
I'm not a fan of Footy and the only time I went to the MCG was for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Couldn't afford to go to Sydney then, but the football semi-final (Cameroon vs. Chile) was held in Melbourne. I still remember the crowd and throngs of Chilean supporters flown in all the way from South America cheering their team and I was the only one around supporting the Cameroon team, which went on to grab the gold in the final in Sydney. Great game.
A trip to Melbourne wouldn't be complete for any sport lover without seeing a live game of football. Victoria is the home of AFL, Australian Rules football, which has become popular across the nation. AFL is a 360 degree game, with a ball similar to that used in rugby. There a 4 goal posts, with a kick between the middle two constituting a 6 point goal and one point if the ball misses the main goal posts. AFL is a fast paced game, extending over 4 terms.
The MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) is the biggest sporting venue in the city, and said to be the best stadium in the country for watching AFL. Each year around 100 000 football fans congregate to the MCG to watch the grand final. Victorians are passionate about their football, so the atmosphere is always spectacular. For information and timetables you can check ut the official AFL website listed below, or contact the MCG.
Go to the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground), to see the footy in winter, cricket in summer. If you do go to the MCG for the footy, try a night game where at the end of it, they'll usually let you run onto the ground where you should look up at the light towers...it's an amazing sight.
If you have never seen or heard of Australian Rules Football (AFL), you're missing out!
It is the game that most Melburninans are crazy about. The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), is, contrary to its name, the home of AFL, and seats up to around 100,000 people. It is currently undergoing renovations, so the the capacity is limited to less, but there will be more seats available at the conclusion of the building works.
The AFL season normal begins at the end of March, with the Grand Final being played at the end of September.
An AFL match truly is one of the best Melbourne experiences. If you are lucky enough to get to a match, try and pick a team to support and get involved. Yell out encouragement and get up and cheer (but try to do it at the same time as the other supporters of the same team!)
Australian Rules Football
Australian Football League (AFL) is a 'way of life' in Australia, just as soccer (ok ok football to you fussy ones) is in many other countries. Even if you don't understand the rules, it's worth going along to watch a game, just for the experience and atmosphere. This is Melbourne's dynamic personality at its best (and sometimes its worst, depending on who won!). It's certainly best to go with a local, who can explain things, and who you can laugh at when they start jumping up and down and yelling. :)
MCG - Melbourne Cricket Ground also know to the locals as the 'G'. It was the home of the 1956 Olympics and recently held the soccer (football) for the 2000 Games.
It is here in summer we have big international cricket tests played and one day matches. One of the best to go to is the Boxing Day match after christmas which is one of the biggets games of the season. In winter we have Australian Rules football played here which is a unique game to Australia.
There is a tour of this ground which is very interesting and also here is the Australian Sporting Museum.