MCG
1853
90,000
172.9m long, 147.8m wide
Since March 1985
Members End, Great Southern Stand End
Australia, Victoria
Australian Rules Football, Soccer, Rugby Union, Rugby League, Lawn Bowls, Squash
David Sandurski
15:15, Sat Jan 21, 2017 (UTC +1100)
Melbourne Cricket Ground
 

Records and statistics

Australia v England - Mar 15-19, 1877 Scorecard
Australia v Pakistan - Dec 26-30, 2016 Scorecard
Test records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
Australia v England - Jan 5, 1971 Scorecard
Australia v Pakistan - Jan 15, 2017 Scorecard
ODI records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
Australia v India - Feb 1, 2008 Scorecard
Australia v India - Jan 29, 2016 Scorecard
T20I records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
Records index

Profile

The Melbourne Cricket Ground is regarded as Australia's premier sporting venue. For over one hundred years, it has played host to many of the country's biggest cricket and Australian Rules Football matches, and many other significant sporting contests besides. It was, in fact, even the centrepiece of the Olympic Games of 1956. The 'G (as it is affectionately known by the people of Melbourne) is located a short distance to the east of the city's CBD and is easily accessible by both public transport and by foot; it is common, for example, for business people to walk to the arena after work to watch the second session of day-night cricket internationals. Prior to a series of developments in the 1980s and 1990s, it possessed a capacity of around 125,000; since that time, the extension of individual seating to virtually all of its reaches has reduced that figure to somewhere closer to 97,000. In short, it is an imposing stadium: the three-tiered Great Southern Stand (completed in 1992) bounds the perimeter of one half of the ground and holds close to 50,000 people; there are also vast banks of seating in the Ponsford Stand, Olympic Stand and Members' Reserve. It is also replete with a Gallery of Sport, two giant electronic scoreboards, and a vast array of corporate and media facilities.

Notwithstanding the fact that various curators drew fire from players and spectators alike for producing a succession of wearing, low bouncing surfaces through the 1980s and early 1990s, pitches at the MCG have, for most of its history, generally facilitated well balanced contests between bat and ball. No better has this been exemplified than in famous matches in its recent past such as the 1982-83 Test between Australia and England; the thrilling Australia-New Zealand decider in 1987-88; and the 1992 World Cup Final between Pakistan and England.
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Fixtures

2017
Sat Jan 21 (20 ovs)          
19:25 local | 08:25 GMT
03:25 EST | 02:25 CST | 00:25 PST
Big Bash League
Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers
Wed Feb 1 - Sat Feb 4
10:30 local | 23:30 GMT
18:30 EST | 17:30 CST | 15:30 PST
Sheffield Shield
Victoria v New South Wales
Fri Feb 17 (20 ovs)
14:00 local | 03:00 GMT
22:00 EST | 21:00 CST | 19:00 PST
1st T20I - Australia Women v New Zealand Women
Fri Feb 17 (20 ovs)          
19:40 local | 08:40 GMT
03:40 EST | 02:40 CST | 00:40 PST
1st T20I - Australia v Sri Lanka
Tue Dec 26 - Sat Dec 30
4th Test - Australia v England
2018
Sun Jan 14 (50 ovs)
1st ODI - Australia v England
Sat Feb 10 (20 ovs)
Twenty20 Tri Series
Australia v England
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Latest Photos

Storm clouds make an appearance, Australia v Pakistan, 2nd Test, 4th day, Melbourne, December 29, 2016
Storm clouds make an appearance
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Not all cricket was stopped at the MCG for rain, Australia v Pakistan, 2nd Test, 2nd day, Melbourne, December 27, 2016
Not all cricket was stopped at the MCG for rain
© AFP
Wahab Riaz takes a look at the MCG surface, Melbourne, December 24, 2016
Wahab Riaz takes a look at the MCG surface
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A Finch among the seagulls, Victoria v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield 2016-17, 2nd day, Melbourne, October 26, 2016
A Finch among the seagulls
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Ground Fixtures Ground Results
Melb Stars v Syd Sixers at Melbourne
Jan 21, 2017 (19:25 local | 08:25 GMT | 03:25 EST | 02:25 CST | 00:25 PST)
Victoria v NSW at Melbourne
Feb 1-4, 2017 (10:30 local | 23:30 GMT -1d | 18:30 EST -1d | 17:30 CST -1d | 15:30 PST -1d)
1st T20I: Aus Women v NZ Women at Melbourne
Feb 17, 2017 (14:00 local | 03:00 GMT | 22:00 EST -1d | 21:00 CST -1d | 19:00 PST -1d)
1st T20I: Australia v Sri Lanka at Melbourne
Feb 17, 2017 (19:40 local | 08:40 GMT | 03:40 EST | 02:40 CST | 00:40 PST)
4th Test: Australia v England at Melbourne
Dec 26-30, 2017
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