Melbourne Cricket Ground - Anzac Day Update
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Anzac Day Update

Apr 20, 2011

It’s one of the biggest events on the MCG sporting calendar and this year’s Essendon v Collingwood Anzac Day clash on Monday April 25 is sure to be no exception.

Schedule
2011 Anzac Day Match - 2.40pm

Tickets:
All remaining public tickets for Anzac Day, including restricted view and standing room tickets, have SOLD OUT. No further public tickets will be available for this match.

There will also be no general admission available.

Gate opening times  
MCC members:             10.30am
Public/AFL members:    12.30pm               

Car Park openingtimes
Gate 3 – 6.00am
Gate 5 – 9.00am
Gate 6 – 11.00am
Gate 7 – 7.00am (Media, corporate and accessibility passes)

Crowd estimate     
90,000

TAB outlets open   
12.30pm

National Sports Museum : Open for patrons with a valid event ticket from 10.30am until half time.

Schedule of Activities:

1.20pm-1.40pm                     Royal Australian Navy Band                                   
1.40pm-1.55pm                     Preliminary on-field warm-up opportunity
1.55pm-2.15pm                     Anzac Day Presentation 
                                                    - Presentation of match footballs
                                                    - Scoreboard piece
                                                    - Performance by feature artist
                                                    - Tribute to Veterans including motorcade 
                                                       lap of honour
                                                    - Performance by The Diggers
2.19pm                                  Display of cheer squad banners
2.21pm                                  Umpires enter arena
2.22pm                                  Collingwood enters arena
2.25pm                                  Essendon enters arena
2.32pm                                  Catafalque Guard in pre-set position
2.33pm                                  Teams and umpires in position for Observance Ceremony
                                              Guard introduced and slow march from pre-set position
                                              Guard turns outward and rest on arms
                                              The Ode
                                              The Last Post
                                              Minute silence
                                              The Rouse – flags raised
                                              National Anthem by Able Seaman Musician Damien Dowd and Able 
                                              Seaman Musician Stephanie Hutchison from the Royal Australian Navy Band
2.38pm                                  At conclusion of the National Anthem:
                                                    - Two sirens – two minutes to the start of the match
                                                    - Guard vacates the arena
                                                    - Toss of Coin
2.40pm                                  Match commences
3.45pm (approx)                     Half-time interval
5.15pm (approx)                     On-field post match presentation of Anzac Day Medal and Trophy by 
                                              President of the RSL (Victorian Branch), David McLachlan

Patrons are advised to allow plenty of time to get to the ground and take public transport where possible.

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Frequently asked questions - restricted view and standing room: 

I have a standing room ticket, how early do I need to arrive at the ground so I can see the match?
It is in your best interest to arrive as early as possible to guarantee a position in the front. Public gates open at 12.30pm.

Can I bring a stool/walking stool on wheels/cushion/portable chair to sit on while I am in the standing room bay?
No, you cannot bring these items.

What will my view of the ground be like with a restricted view ticket?
It depends on where your ticket is. However, most restricted view tickets allow for a majority of the playing surface to be seen and a scoreboard.

How many other people will be in the standing room bay with me? Standing room bays vary in capacities and thus it is dependent on which bay you have a ticket for.  All bays have been measured according to building codes and standards.

I have friends who also have standing room tickets. Can I stand with them?
Each standing room ticket is allocated to a specific bay. Therefore, you are only permitted to stand in the bay specified on your ticket.

If I'm at the back of a standing room bay, will I be able to see?
Standing room bays are staggered in height so people at the back are still able to have a good view of the ground.
 
I have a restricted view ticket, can you please advise what is causing the restriction?
The following identifies what each restriction is for each of the different bays - this only relates to specific rows and seats within the below listed bays. The restriction does not apply to the entire bay:
    N54 - cameraman
    N29 - corner edge of the southern stand N and P level
    M28 - pillar
    M56 and M57 - cameraman
    Q49 - safety rail
    Q28 - edge of southern stand
    Q29 - safety rail
    Q30 and Q31 - scoreboard
    Q55 and Q56 - scoreboard
    Q57 - safety rail
    Q35 - safety rail


 

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