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  1. Melbourne – the unofficial sporting capital of Australia

    posted by Colm Hanratty | 0 Comments

    Melbourne – the unofficial sporting capital of Australia

    Nov242010

    Sport is a big part of life in Australia. Huge, in fact. And it’s even more of a big deal in Melbourne. This is where the Melbourne Cup (one of the world’s most famous horse races) takes place, it’s where the Australian Open (tennis) is held, and it’s where the world’s fastest drivers flock to year after year for the Australian Grand Prix. But unquestionably, the most important stadium in Melbourne is the Melbourne Cricket Ground, better known as the MCG.

    Today I was lucky enough to see the MCG empty, in all its glory. There’s no doubt about it, it’s an amazing stadium. This was the premier stadium during the 1956 Olympic Games which were held here, along with the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

    While it’s called the Melbourne ‘Cricket’ Ground, the country’s famous Australian Rules Football also takes place here. The season begins in April and ends in October, so unfortunately I didn’t catch a game. I still got to appreciate it though, along with having a look at the National Sports Museum – a great museum which documents the country’s most famous sports players and teams, and one with lots of hands-on stuff.

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