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The MCG plaque has centrally sculpted an aerial view of the ground in 1956 and above is a list of the various grandstands, most now demolished. The people represent in the four corners of plaque the sports of cricket (Warne) (Lawry), athletics (Cuthbert) and Australian Rules Football (1890’s player).

MCG Plaque is located at the main entrance to the ground between the two honor boards. The plaque relates the story of the grounds history listing significant events and the multitude of sports played there since the 1850's. The plaque was commissioned by The Board of The Melbourne Cricket Club(MCC) as a permanent reminder to the thousands of people that belong to the MCC of their past history.

Acknowledged internationally as Australia’s premiere stadium, the MCG has been the dominant influence in Melbourne’s emergence as the worlds’ biggest per capita sports-attending city.
 

The “paddock that grew” has been the home since 1853 of the Melbourne Cricket Club (founded 1838) whose pioneering initiatives including the first international cricket match (1862), the inaugural test match (1877) and the original draft rules for the uniquely Australian game of football (1859). 

The magnetic MCG has housed world-record audiences for the test matches, One Day International Cricket Matches and the Olympic Games of 1956, whilst the 1970 Victorian Football League grand final attendance of 121,696 is unlikely to be surpassed. 

In recent years the MCG has welcomed international stars from the world of entertainment.                                                 

SIGNIFICANT  EVENTS         

1835
Melbourne settled
1838    
Melbourne Cricket Club founded
1853
Permissive occupancy of Richmond Police Paddock  granted and MCG born
1854 
First cricket match played and first pavilion erected on MCG
1858
Melbourne Football Club founded
1862
First international cricket match
1869
First Australian Rules football match on MCG (MFC ver Police)
1877 
First Test Match   (Aust. def Eng).
1879
Night football on MCG
1886
Inaugural Austral Wheel Race (staged at MCG until 1910) 
1942
Grounds occupied by US Marines & Airforce and RAAF until 1945
1956
Melbourne Olympics:  MCG main stadium
1959 
Largest crowd - 130,000 attended evangelist Billy Graham
1967  

MCC Cricket Museum established
1970 

Record sporting crowd : 121,696 VFL Grand Final
1974

First Pop concert : David Cassidy
1982

Australia's first colour scoreboard
1985

Six 75 metre lighting towers operational
1986

Australian Gallery of Sport opened
1992

Cricket World Cup & opening of Great Southern Stand
1994

Rugby League State of Origin
1996
AFL & VCA Centenary Year

 



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