NileGuide Expert Says:
The phrase “white maggot” might be useful when visiting Melbourne’s premiere sporting grounds, the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Remember, only scream it at the umpire, not the big, angry fan sitting next to you.
3002 Melbourne, Australia
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Home to Melbourne's sporting obsession, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) has seen heartache, triumph and grown men cry. A world class sporting facility, the MCG has hosted endless cricket matches, including the first ever Test match, and provides a base for the apple in Melbourne's eye; Australian Football League (AFL).
To understand the Melbourne psyche, attendance at an AFL match during from late autumn to early spring is mandatory. Buff men run around in very tight shorts as 100,000 drunk men in the stands scream profanities at the umpire – this is the real Melbourne, and as some Melbournians would see it, the real Australia.
Sports fan or not, the grounds are impeccably kept and the air of sporting history has bled into every seat. If you'd prefer to avoid the fanatic sports fans, best opt for a tour of 'The G', departing from Gate 3 on all non-event days. The tour includes the National Sports Museum, the Olympic Museum, Sport Australia Hall of Fame, Australian Cricket Hall of Fame and the Melbourne Cricket Club Museum.