Home Turf: Melbourne Cricket Ground

Between each sporting season Melbourne's home of cricket and football undergoes a radical transformation - as shown in this series of time lapse videos.

By Melbourne Cricket Ground

MCG transformation: From cricket to football in four daysMelbourne Cricket Ground

The Melbourne Cricket Ground is one of Australia’s most popular stadiums accommodating cricket, Australian football, rugby, soccer and concerts on its playing surface. The MCG has developed turf management techniques that allow the stadium to shift from one sport to another in a short time.

MCG Turf Replacement - behind the scenesMelbourne Cricket Ground

Hosting both cricket in summer and Australian football in winter, the MCG undergoes a radical transformation twice a year to accommodate each of these elite sports.

MCG Portable Cricket Pitch RemovalMelbourne Cricket Ground

The MCG has pioneered the world’s first successful portable cricket pitch technology, allowing the use of removable pitches which are installed each year. Pitches are installed at the start of the cricket season and removed at the end of summer to create a safe playing surface for football.

Transformation of MCG for Round 1 of 2013 AFL seasonMelbourne Cricket Ground

The system enables the ground to be transformed quickly, allowing the MCG to produce a FIFA-standard soccer pitch for Olympic football just 10 days after the 2000 AFL Grand Final. In December 1999 an AFL exhibition match was staged just 24 hours after the conclusion of the Boxing Day Test.

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