Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourneindia Updated: Nov 24, 2003 21:18 IST
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Home Team: Victoria
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 many other significant sporting contests besides.
It is an imposing stadium. 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.
Pitches at the MCG have, for most of its history, generally facilitated well balanced contests between bat and ball.
The first cricket match was played between the MCC and a military team on the Old Mint site in William Street, Melbourne.
The MCG is within 15 minutes' walking distance of the city centre and has two nearby railways stations and tramway and bus links with all suburbs.
Once building works are completed, it is expected the MCG will have a seating capacity in excess of 100,000 people.
First Published: Nov 24, 2003 21:02 IST