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Published May 25th 2013
The "G" tops the sports venues
Melbournians love their sports. Among the many beautiful, majestic and state-of-the-art stadiums in Melbourne, the MCG or Melbourne Cricket Grounds is probably the all time favourite as it does not only host great sporting events, but is a must-see tourist spot as well. "The G" as it is known lovingly by the locals is a landmark recognised globally. Whether one is a sports lover or a lover of great buildings, the MCG inspires greatness in all those who visit it.
Aerial view of the stadium (Image: Wikimedia)
Although a list of reasons why the MCG should be visited is not really necessary, here are some highlights that may inspire your next visit:
1. Historical Significance: The current MCG site was selected back in 1853, 160 years ago. The MCG has served host to the Summer Olympics that were held in 1956. In 2006, the Commonwealth Games were also held at the G. The MCG boasts a long and rich historical heritage which is definitely worth exploring.
2. Architecture: Awe-inspiring! The G underwent a major facelift from 2003-2005 which increased its capacity to 100thousand people. 2013 will see another influx of changes to the "G". Currently, it is the largest stadium in Australia, and the tenth largest in the world (now that is a great ranking). The light towers to the stadium are a landmark of Melbourne.
The light towers illuminate the stadium at night events
3. Statues: The entire circumference of the stadium is dotted with statues of famous Australian athletes (cricketers, footy players, and track & field athletes), known as the Parade of Champions. A tribute such as this captures the greatness of these legends to ensure their memories live on forever. Another reason to see the statues: Walking around the Parade of Champions won't cost you a single cent.
Statue "Leigh Matthews"
4. Variety of sports: Sports loving fan have a very solid reason to visit the G: to watch a game! Footy in the winter, cricket in the summer, the G hosts other sporting events as well, such as: Rugby, Tennis, Soccer, etc.
Match of Footy
5. National Sports Museum: This unique museum is located in the MCG and displays exhibits about the Australian football, cricket, the MCG itself, the Olympics and a lot more. Their website can be viewed for opening hours and admission prices.
6. MCG Tour: A 75-minutes tour experience is a must-do for any visitor to Melbourne of this iconic stadium. The tour features some of the elements that you may not be able to see if were visiting the MCG for a sport event. A virtual tour is also available.
7: Just to be overawed by the grandeur of it all! Whether the reasons stated above appeal to you or not, the MCG should be a must-see attraction on your list, whether you live in Melbourne or are visiting from another state or overseas.