Tags: stadium, sport, live music, icon
The MCG was built in 1853 and, since then, has established a marvellous history that compares favourably with any other in the world.
Known colloquially as the â€˜G, Australiaâ€™s favourite stadium is the birthplace of Test cricket and the home of Australian football, holding more than 80 events annually and attracting close to four million people. It has hosted more than 100 Test matches (including the first in 1877) and VFL/AFL Grand Finals.
Other sporting spectacles that have been held there include Australian World Cup soccer qualifiers, rugby league home and away matches and State of Origin, international rugby union and Austral Wheel Races.
The MCG is a 365-days-per-year function facility that is as versatile as any stadium in the world. Apart from its sporting events, the MCG has staged many blockbuster music concerts, including Madonna, U2, Michael Jackson, Rolling Stones and The Police, and even Pope John Paul II held a mass there when he visited Melbourne in 1986.
Managed by the Melbourne Cricket Club, the MCG is also home to the National Sports Museum, Australiaâ€™s finest repository of sporting artefacts and history.
People from all over Australia, and indeed all over the world, speak reverently about the MCG, a ground that is as well known as any other.
Victorian sports fans can recount ample examples of games and events they have been part of at the ground, and it has a world-class reputation as a leading multi-purpose stadium.