Hi Everyone with the AFL season just started back and the MCG being the home of the AFL I thought I will talk about my MCG tour I did at the end of 2017
I went over to Melbourne for a family holiday and I thought it would be a good idea to do a tour of the MCG as I have been there a few times to watch football but never seen what its like to see other parts of the ground. When we started the tour, we walked down to the oval and got to stand on the boundary of where they play football and cricket. So you will see me here standing on the boundary line, I wasn’t able to go any farther because they were having a cricket match played there later in the week.
After that we walked back up the stairs to continue the tour and we stop and look at where the Australian Cricket team and the Victorian bushrangers sit when there is a match on you will notice there is 7 seats next to me and that is the opposition team seating area I didn’t realise it was this close and it was very interesting at how close they sat near each other.
After we finished with the seats where the cricketers sit we were told that the screens that show the event that is in progress are the largest screens in the southern hemisphere which was a nice fact to know if you look at the bottom left of the picture below you will notice a door which is a standard size door so you will understand how big the screens are.
After the screen talk I was able to take a picture of the cricket pitch they were using for the up coming cricket match that was getting played later in the week with AFL being played on the field they cant just use a pitch and try to have it ready for AFL after the cricket season it would take to long for the grass to grow back and it wouldn’t be good for the AFL players. So they use drop in pitches which are left at the Back of Punt road, they have a total of 10 drop in cricket pitches so they don’t just use the same pitch all the time.
After I took the photo of the cricket pitch we walked down stairs to see were they do the post-match interviews for the coach’s after an AFL match I was astound of how big the room was when you see it on TV it looks almost twice the size, and I was surprised with how long the desk was that the coach’s sit at it looks a lot smaller on TV.
I was happy with how the tour was if you would like to do the tour and have your own experience you can visit http://www.mcg.org.au/things-to-do/mcg-tour. My next tour I would like to do is the Adelaide oval and I hopefully get to do that by the end of the year.
Thanks for reading if you have any tour experience from any sporting oval in the world comment below and I would to hear you experiences of how it was.