Chapter 13
Accessing Melbourne
The Melbourne Cricket Ground
The Melbourne Cricket Ground (Events Department, 9657 8888, call to obtain a
copy of Melbourne Cricket Ground, Information for people with disabilities).
Cricket has been played here for over 120 years and the first game of Aussie Rules
Football was played in the immediate region.
Fondly referred to as The  G , it holds nearly 100,000 people and was the main
venue for Melbourne's 1956 hosting of the Olympic Games.
The Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum is located at the city end,
off Jolimont Terrace, refer to the Museums and Galleries chapter for tour times and
Access to the  G  is available from the city with car parking in Yarra Park on game
and match days. Disabled persons parking is made available relatively close to
each end of the ground.
The Paths are bitumen and well sealed with red brick paved spoon drains which
can be difficult to cross where the slope meets the pathway. Pedestrian access is
available from Swan St via elevated walkways above Brunton Ave and the railway
lines to each end of the ground. Take care as the gradients can be steep, easily
exceeding 7.2%.
Most wheelchair visitors will sit in the huge Great Southern Stand, where there is
provision for 191 wheelchair patrons and 220 attendants, although only three bays
are  reserved seating  so it pays to call ahead and book your seats.
Access to the stand is best at the eastern end where a wide bitumen grade leads
up to Gates 6 or 7. Attendants in Blue blazers or Red coats will assist you find your
seat. Accessible toilets are well signed, but they are not unisex. Benches for the
catering facilities have been made at a wheelchair friendly height.

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