The MCG's emergency management plan, fine-tuned by ground management over the past few years, is ready for implementation “in the unlikely event of a major emergency at the MCG”.
The emergency system is designed to provide the maximum possible protection in any actual or perceived emergency situation. The plan has come about after extensive consultation with police, ambulance and fire brigade officers and is reviewed regularly.
In the simplest terms, the plan reinforces the club's long-standing policy of providing the most comfortable, spacious viewing facilities in a secure environment. It achieves this by introducing a set of straightforward procedures to be followed implicitly by the entire safety team in any type of emergency.
On event days these procedures are outlined via specific instructions to members of our events team. The individual instructions are simple and specific and collectively they represent a massive mobilisation of personnel around the stadium. All of our events casuals are wardens in the event of emergency.
On match days responsibility rests with senior MCC management, who would call in emergency services – Victoria Police, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Ambulance Service or State Emergency Service – as required.
The MCC has a comprehensive plan to deal with emergencies and evacuate the MCG on both event and non-event days.
You may be notified of an evacuation by:
- A message on the scoreboard or televisions, or over the public address system.
- Instructions from MCC staff acting as wardens.
- The Emergency Warning System, or EWS, (although this is unlikely to be used during an event).
If you are notified of an evacuation, please leave the stadium quietly and calmly via the nearest stairway or ramp. DO NOT USE THE LIFTS. The MCC also requests that you do not use mobile telephones, as the lines are required for emergency use.
Move to the outside of the stadium where police or MCC staff will direct you to the safest assembly point.
Emergency Warning System (EWS):
Sound: 'Beep.... beep.... beep'.
- Cease all activity
- Secure all confidential and valuable items, if it is safe to do so
- Follow warden’s instructions.
Sound: 'Whoop... whoop... whoop'.
- Leave MCG via safest exit
- Proceed to assembly area as advised by police.
Sound: 'Beep' (continuous)
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- You may return as directed by MCC staff.