The MCG has played host to so many amazing events and massive crowds over the years. The record attendance for any one event staged there was by the evangelical preacher Billy Graham, who in 1959 packed 143,000 people into the stadium for his Melbourne Crusade.
As you would expect, the highest attendance for a cricket match was for a Boxing Day Ashes Test, when in 2013 a crowd of 91,092 people attended to see Australia and England do battle. While our great game of AFL surpassed every other record in 1970 when Carlton and Collingwood played in that famous VFL Grand Final where Carlton came from 42 points down at halftime to win the game, and a massive crowd of 121,696 people flocked to the ground to watch this amazing match.
With more than three million visitors each year, what is the best way to get to The "G" on game day? For many years it was a ritual to drive there for the big games and set up a BBQ at the back of the car, with an esky full of refreshments to enjoy while kicking the footy. But over the years with the introduction of strict drink driving laws, that is no longer an option. We have also seen in the last couple of years the ability to park around the ground heavily reduced due to security concerns for the major events like AFL Grand Final, ANZAC Day and many of the popular home and away blockbusters.
So how do you get to that Big Game at The G? Trains bring a large majority of the crowd within a few hundred metres of the stadium, with Richmond and Jolimont Stations straddling either side of the ground. Trams (No 75, 48 and 70) are also readily available, and for many the walk from the city through Birrarung Marr to the ground has become a pilgrimage, especially for those now significant games such as ANZAC Day, Queen's Birthday and Dreamtime events and of course that last Saturday in September, Grand Final Day.
While some of us still yearn for the good old days when we could drive right up to the ground to park and enjoy a barbie and a coldie, that is now just a distant memory. Today the best option is to make your way to the stadium early by public transport or getting dropped off out the front before the crowds arrive. You then have the opportunity to enjoy a drink or dining experience inside the ground, before taking your reserved seat on level 2 ready and relaxed to enjoy all the action.
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For updates on parking and more detailed information in relation to public transport options, disability parking and taxi ranks please visit the MCC dedicated information page. https://www.mcc.org.au/mcc-reserve/getting-to-the-mcg
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