Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Australia chapter Melbourne - Victoria has to say about the MCG:
“Melbourne Cricket Ground is one of the world’s great sporting venues, and for many Australians the ‘G’ is considered hallowed ground.
In 1858 the first game of Aussie Rules football was played where the MCG and its car parks now stand, and in 1877 it was the venue for the first Test cricket match between Australia and England. The MCG was also the central stadium for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
MCG membership is a badge of honour for Melburnians of a particular class. It involves having two members propose and second your nomination and a wait of around 20 years.
If you want to make a pilgrimage, tours take you through the stands, corporate and coaches’ areas, the Long Room and (subject to availability) the players change rooms and out onto the ground. The MCG also houses the National Sports Museum.”
KAPOORS ON THE ROAD
It was a real thrill for Anil to be able to visit the MCG for the first time. I had suggested that we consider timing our visit to Melbourne so that he could look at getting tickets for the upcoming World Cup being jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand between Feb 14th and March 29th, 2015. However, he didn’t think he wanted to do that for a few different reasons.
He knew the city would be filled with cricket-crazed fans from around the world, that the tickets would be hard to come by and be priced sky-high and that there’s always a chance of the match being cancelled due to rain (though that is less likely in Melbourne in the autumn than it is almost anywhere else). He was content to visit the ‘hallowed grounds’ and walk through the famous Long Room and players change rooms when they would be open to the public.
As it turned out, we flew out of Melbourne and on to Adelaide on March 29th, the day of the final. Fourteen teams participated in the round of games, and New Zealand made it to the final for the very first time, up against Australia. Australia was favoured to win, and did just that for its fifth World Cup victory. There were 93,013 spectators in the stands, a record crowd for a day of cricket in Australia.
We settled ourselves in at our lovely airport hotel, in a spacious room with a massive television and watched the match in comfort. We had plenty of cold beer and lots of snacks. Australia won by seven wickets.