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
07:55, Fri Dec 04, 2020 (UTC +1100)
Melbourne Cricket Ground
 

Records and statistics

Australia v England - Mar 15-19, 1877 Scorecard
Australia v New Zealand - Dec 26-29, 2019 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 India - Jan 18, 2019 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 Sri Lanka - Nov 1, 2019 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

2020
Sat Dec 26 - Wed Dec 30
10:30 local | 23:30 GMT
18:30 EST | 17:30 CST | 15:30 PST
ICC World Test Championship
2nd Test - Australia v India
2021
Fri Jan 15 (20 ovs)          
19:15 local | 08:15 GMT
03:15 EST | 02:15 CST | 00:15 PST
Big Bash League
Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers
Sun Jan 17 (20 ovs)          
19:15 local | 08:15 GMT
03:15 EST | 02:15 CST | 00:15 PST
Big Bash League
Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades
Thu Jan 21 (20 ovs)          
19:15 local | 08:15 GMT
03:15 EST | 02:15 CST | 00:15 PST
Big Bash League
Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat
Sat Jan 23 (20 ovs)          
19:15 local | 08:15 GMT
03:15 EST | 02:15 CST | 00:15 PST
Big Bash League
Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers
Tue Jan 26 (20 ovs)          
16:10 local | 05:10 GMT
00:10 EST | 23:10 CST | 21:10 PST
Big Bash League
Melbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes
Tue Jan 26 (20 ovs)          
19:50 local | 08:50 GMT
03:50 EST | 02:50 CST | 00:50 PST
Big Bash League
Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers
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Latest Photos

A view of a section of the stands at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, September 26, 2020
A view of a section of the MCG
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A view from the centre of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, September 26, 2020
A view of the MCG
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Off limits: sports stadiums around Australia remain closed, MCG, March 28, 2019
Off limits: sports stadiums around Australia remain closed
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The MCG was packed to the rafters, and there was plenty to celebrate for the sport itself, Australia v India, Women's T20 World Cup, final, Melbourne, March 8, 2020
The MCG was packed to the rafters, and there was plenty to celebrate for the sport itself
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