Footy at the MCG

by on May 23
in Victoria

It’s almost winter in Melbourne and the footy is definitely here.  This weekend our local newspaper, the Geelong Advertiser, was printed in blue and white – the colours of the Geelong Cats (local AFL team).  Why?  Because the Cats played Collingwood (the Magpies), whose colours are … have you guessed?  Black and white.  Can you get any more parochial?

The best way to tap into all that excitement is to take in a game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).  Just walking around the ground is a spectacle.  All manner of supporters dressed in all manner of garb; faces painted, flags waving.  That in itself is enough to entertain young kids for some time.

Even if you aren’t a family of AFL fans or even sports fans a big game at the MCG is something to experience.  The speed of the game, the size of the players and their skill are all things that can’t be fully appreciated on the TV.  And the crowd!  Imagine being in the huge stadium as 70,000 plus people cheer/jeer simultaneously. The noise sends a vibration right through to the tips of your toes.  There’s nothing quite like it.

The older kids, particularly sports fans, will probably be sitting on the edge of their seat the entire game.  Our younger kids generally need something to sustain them for half of the game.  Here are a few of our life savers:

  • Bring lots of snacks.  Of course, there are the pies, chips and soft drinks but filling up kids on these will leave you with an empty pocket. Unless of course you’ve never had a pie at the footy. Then you have to buy one!  I find that if I pack a few items that the kids don’t usually have like a chocolate bar, small bag of lollies or a special slice along with the usual suspects I can use the food to distract them when they’re getting antsy.
  • Pack a travel game or two for the younger ones towards the end of the day.  Others might like a game at half time too.
  • Time visits to the toilets about 5-10 minutes into a quarter.  The lines are shorter (if there’s any at all).
  • Pack a camera. You have to get a shot of the kids (and you for that matter) with the ground and huge stands in the background.
  • Vertigo sufferers, steer clear of the upper levels of the Southern Stand. Very high and very steep.  For some games, that may mean buying your tickets earlier or going for more expensive seating.
  • Rug up. Even on a warmer day, shadows from the stands later in the afternoon can make things a bit chilly.

Oh, and “Go Cats!!”

What: Footy at the MCG

Where: Yarra Park, Melbourne, Victoria.  The MCG is well serviced by public transport with trams and trains stopping very close by.  Plenty of parking is available in the sporting precinct with only a short walk to the ground.

When: Weekends, April to September.  There are approximately 45 games of Aussie Rules at the MCG each season

More Info: www.afl.com.au and www.mcg.org.au Purchase tickets at Ticketek or at the gate.

Happy travels,

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