- Address: Brunton Avenue, Melbourne
- Country: Australia
- Capacity: 100,000
- Opened: 1854
- Main use: Australian football, cricket
- Tenants: Collingwood (Australian football), Hawthorn (Australian football), Melbourne FC (Australian football), Melbourne Stars (cricket), Richmond (Australian football)
Extra stadium info – Melbourne Cricket Ground
The stadium in Victoria is among the largest sports venues by capacity in the world. It became a venue for several events, like athletics, Australian football, baseball, concerts, cricket, field hockey, football, religious events, rugby league, rugby union, tennis and track cycling. In 1956, the venue hosted several sports for the world famous Games of the Olympiad. One of those sports was football, the most popular sport in the world. The gold medal match was won by the national football team of the USSR after defeating Yugoslavia. 86,000 people attended the football match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The venue also hosted the bronze medal match, which was won by Bulgaria after defeating India 3-0.
Record attendances and Real Madrid
In 1970, the record attendance for an AFL match was set at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, when 121,000 people visited the Australian football game between Carlton and Collingwood. In 2015, a new record attendance for a football match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was broken, when 99,000 people showed up for a match between Real Madrid CF from Spain and Manchester City FC from the United Kingdom. Cristiano Ronaldo, the first athlete with 100 million followers on his main social media page, scored one goal for Real Madrid in the match. In 2014, Real Madrid became the first football club with 10 European championship titles. The same year, they won the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time in their history.
The Australian football clubs Collingwood, Hawthorn, Melbourne FC and Richmond use the Melbourne Cricket Ground for home games. They are all members of the Australian Football League, the most popular Australian football competition. Melbourne Football Club was founded in 1858. It is known as the oldest club in the AFL. The Melbourne Stars also use the Melbourne Cricket Ground for home games. They compete in the Big Bash League. The cricket club was founded in 2011. On 17 December 2011, the Melbourne Stars played their first-ever Big Bash League match. 23,000 fans showed up at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the game against the Sydney Thunder from New South Wales.