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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)
Melbourne Cricket Ground
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.
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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.
Australia's Religion- Australian Football League
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.
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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.
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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.
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Football at the MCG (Melbourne...
Football at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) is something which shouldn't be missed. Grab a pie from the pie boy, pick a team and just yell along with everyone else!
There is nothing like the atmosphere at the 'G and crowd watching can sometimes be as fun as the game itself! A good match like Carlton vs Collingwood, Essendon vs Carlton, Richmond vs Collingwood always draw a good crowd - and for a price just slightly higher than a movie ticket - offers a few hours of high entertainment.
MCG - Melbourne Cricket Ground...
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.
Australian Rules Football
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. :)
Australian Fottball League. ...
Australian Fottball League. Better known as the 'footy'.
The footy brings out the best and the worst of people. Everyone is EXTREMELY loyal to thier team. You get to eat meat pie & sauce, drink beer and scream and cheer like a madman! How Aussie can you get?
Yarra Park and Melbourne...
Yarra Park and Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
The MCG is home to the Aussie footy game...not the traditional football we all know... It's amazing to attend one of the games, it's real fun and u get to know people.
Some interesting buildings around the Yarra Park for those interested in contemporary architecture.
If you like sport go and watch...
If you like sport go and watch an AFL game!
AFL is Australian Rules Football. If you like sport and would like to watch a game that is unique to Australia then this would be the game to watch. Melbourne is the home of AFL and it has a bit of a cult following down here. What do we all talk about on Monday at work during the footy season......the weekend games of course! :-)
If you are in Melbourne between March and September, chances are you would be able to catch a game on a Saturday or Sunday if you are interested.
Different foods in different lands
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
A visit to melbourne would be...
A visit to melbourne would be incomplete without going to the famous Melbourne Cricket ground.. it is the jewel in every Melbournites crown!!!It is the home of course to cricket but also hosts many other national and international sporting events..I went there to an Australian Rules football match(I am not a lover of spectator sports!!!)not really expecting to have a great time..
It started with huge banners being brought on and the players jumping thru them(obviously made of paper...)Mascots for each side running around the oval pitch.. From then on i enjoyed myself.. watching the sidesmen/umpires was a joy.. they have almost robotic movements.. and the points scored escalated alarmingly to my novice ears..The players in their cut off sleeve sweaters appear to be aggressive but i was told , on good authority , it is all in love!!!!!It was good fun.. even the traditional meat pie at half time!!!!!!
I think their is also a museum of sporting attributes of many of Australia's famous sons..(please check)
PHOTO:-Collingwood Aussie footie team jumping thru banner..
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.
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