Capacity – 100,000 ; comprising of 95,000 seats and 5,000 standing room spaces
Founded in November 1838 the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) selected the current MCG site in 1853, then 15-year-old Melbourne Cricket Club was forced by the government to move from its former site because Australia’s First Steam Train route was to pass through the oval. Since that time, the MCG has seen many major redevelopments with the latest completed in February 2006. MCG offers some of the finest facilities and splendid viewing of any stadium in the country.
The MCG is a 15-16 minute walk from the city situated in Yarra Park falls between the suburbs of Richmond and East Melbourne
MCG primarily plays host to Australian Football and Cricket however other events including Soccer, Rugby Union, Rugby League and concerts are also staged at the venue.
Because of Australian immense love for Football, Melbourne Cricket Ground, the stadium has been and continues to be used much more often for football. Number of viewers for football are larger than for any other sport in Australia, and it makes more money for the MCG than any of the other sports played there.
When Australian rules of football were getting founded by the Melbourne Cricket Club, there were understandable concerns in the early days about the damage that might be done to the playing surface if football was allowed to be played at the MCG. Therefore, football games were often played in the parklands next to the cricket ground, and this was the case for the first documented football match to be played at the ground. The match which today is considered to be the first Australian rules football, played between Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College over three Saturdays beginning 7 August 1858 was played in this area.
Except Cricket and AFL (Australian Football League), the ground has played host to innumerable high profile events like the 1956 Olympics, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Rockstar’s concerts (Madonna and Rolling Stones). Its much more than Australia’s biggest cricket stadium.
Australia’s greatest sports stadium (MCG) has a rich history and most arguable. Most sensational incidents in Test cricket occurred at the MCG during the Melbourne test of the 1954–55 England tour of Australia. Big cracks had appeared in the pitch during a very hot Saturday's play and on the rest day Sunday, groundsman Jack House watered the pitch to close them up. This was not legal and the story was leaked by The Age newspaper.
The playing arena is 174 x 149 metres from fence to fence. The ground is lit by six massive light towers, while lights are also situated under the stadium roof. The MCG was the first Australian stadium to have a full colour video screen (first was installed in 1982) and it now has the two largest video screens in the stadium. The two LED high-definition scoreboards are each 25.24 metres wide and 13.17 metres high or approximately 332 square metres and were switched on in December 2013. There is also LED signage on the fence and first floor which includes two scoreboards.
Each year Melbourne cricket ground hosts almost 100 days of cricket and football and almost 3.8 million fans passing through MCG gates.