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MCG named one of the world's most important sports venues

Jun 01, 2010

The MCG has been ranked 15th in a list of the world's 30 most important sports venues by a leading UK sports business magazine.

SportsPro magazine's June edition profiles each of the top 30 venues it has judged according to legacy, location, history, size, versatility, grandeur and technology.

The MCG was described as "the spiritual home of Australian sport" and "possibly one of the most versatile venues in the world."

The MCG came in ahead of several famous venues, including Yankee Stadium, Fenway Park, Augusta National Golf Club, Emirates Stadium, Croke Park and Lord's. The only other Australia venue in the top 30 was Sydney's ANZ Stadium.

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World's Most Important Sports Venues

Shane Warne bowls Andrew Strauss at the MCG to claim his 700th Test wicket. 1. World Games Stadium , Koashiung, Taiwan
2. Meydan Racecourse , Dubai, UAE
3. Cowboys Stadium , Dallas, USA
4. Wembley Stadium , London, UK
5. Soccer City , Johannesburg, South Africa
6. Sapporo Dome , Sapporo, Japan
7. All England Club , Wimbledon, UK
8. Yas Marina Circuit , Abu Dhabi, UAE
9. Veltins Arena , Gelsenkirchen, Germany
10. The Bird's Nest, Beijing, China
11. Dubai Sports City, Dubai, UAE
12. Flushing Meadows, New York, USA
13. Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
14. Madison Square Garden , New York, USA
15. Melbourne Cricket Ground , Melbourne, Australia
Bledisloe Cup action 200716. Yankee Stadium , New York, USA
17. Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, USA
18. Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, USA
19. Lord's Cricket Ground, London, UK
20. Fenway Park, Boston, USA
21. Emirates Stadium, London, UK
22. Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, USA
23. Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada
24. ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia
Lead singer of The Police, Sting, at the MCG in January 2008.25. Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland
26. Ryogoku Kokugikan, Tokyo, Japan
27. La Bombonera, Buenos Aires, Argentina
28. Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, USA
29. Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany
30. Las Ventas, Madrid, Spain

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