Melbourne Cricket Ground facts for kids. Kids Encyclopedia Facts. The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is a cricket and Australian Rules Football stadium in Melbourne, Australia. It has a capacity of around 100,000. It was used as the main stadium for the 1956 Summer Olympics. The Melbourne Cricket Club started to use the area for cricket in 1853.What was the record crowd at Melbourne Cricket Ground?
This was the stadium's highest capacity configuration, and the all-time record crowd for a sporting event at the venue of 121,696 was set under this configuration in the 1970 VFL Grand Final .When did Melbourne Cricket Club start playing cricket?
Founded in November 1838 the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) selected the current MCG site in 1853 after previously playing at several grounds around Melbourne.When was the first game of cricket played at the MCG?
The Melbourne Cricket Club started to use the area for cricket in 1853. Their old ground, now Southbank, was often flooded by the Yarra River, and was also in the way of a new railway line. In 1859, the first game of Australian Rules Football was played at the ground. The MCG is run by a trust.