Bank of Melbourne becomes MCG Icon partner
Aug 03, 2012
The Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) today announced a five-year partnership agreement with Bank of Melbourne that will see it become a new Icon Partner and the official bank of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The partnership marks the first time in more than 100 years that the MCG has changed its banking relationship.
To celebrate, the MCC and Bank of Melbourne today unveiled a unique and interactive 3D art installation depicting memorable moments from the ‘G, to capture some of the most famous moments from the MCG’s 159-year history.
It will be on display outside the ground until Monday August 6.
Five-time AFL premiership player Dermott Brereton and Australian wicketkeeping great Ian Healy joined the MCC and Bank of Melbourne to help unveil the artwork, capturing key moments from the MCG’s history and to share their own stories about memorable moments at the ‘G.
Members of the public are invited to come down to the MCG and interact with the artwork.
From the lighting of the Olympic flame at the 1956 Games, to the classic mark by Carlton footballer Alex Jesaulenko in the 1970 VFL Grand Final, Victorians will be able to put themselves at the centre of the ‘G history and highlights, in the 3D chalk installation by world-renowned Victorian artist Jenny McCracken.
“The MCG has a place in the heart of all Victorians,” Bank of Melbourne Chief Executive, Scott Tanner said. “Whatever happens at the ‘G is part of the rhythm of this state.
"As Victoria’s local bank, we are very proud and privileged to be aligned with this iconic property and its ongoing legacy.
We are committed to giving back to the communities that we are part of and this partnership provides Bank of Melbourne with the opportunity to help preserve and develop one of the greatest sporting venues in the world.
“In the spirit of good sportsmanship, for a limited time, we are pleased to offer visitors to the MCG fee-free* access to Bank of Melbourne ATM machines installed at the ground,” said Mr Tanner.
According to MCC president Paul Sheahan, the agreement between the two organisations will play a pivotal role in helping to maintain and improve Melbourne’s premier sporting and entertainment venue for the next stage of the landmark’s history.
“This partnership with the Bank of Melbourne is based on shared values and an understanding of the important role the MCG plays within the lives of Victorians,” Mr Sheahan said.
“We have a proud partner in the Bank of Melbourne and we look forward to working with them to continue to deliver world-class events to the community, and remain at the heart of Melbourne.”
Bank of Melbourne now joins Coca-Cola, Carlton & United Breweries and Herald Sun as Icon Partners at the MCG.
The MCC and Bank of Melbourne Memor
able Moments from the ‘G:
• 1854: The first cricket match on the current MCG was played between the members on September 30.
• 1937: The Third Test between Australia and England (January 1-7) drew the current world record Test match crowd of 350,534 over six days, despite the new Southern Stand still being incomplete.
• 1956: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, opened the Games of the XVI Olympiad at the MCG on November 22. The MCG was the main arena for the Olympic Games and hosted the opening and closing ceremonies.
• 1977: The Centenary Test match was held at the MCG from March 12-17. Australia won by 45 runs, the same margin as the first match played exactly 100 years earlier. Australia’s Rick McCosker batted courageously with a broken jaw.
• 1981: Dennis Lillee claimed his 310th Test wicket (West Indian Larry Gomes caught by Greg Chappell) on day two of the 1981 Boxing Day Test to break Lance Gibb’s world record for career Test wickets.
• 1983: On August 6, a crowd of 81,966 watched Richmond’s Kevin Bartlett become the first footballer to play 400 games of VFL football.
• 2000: Olympic football (soccer) at the MCG. 327,010 attend 12 men's and women's matches played over seven days between September 13 and 26.
• 2006: Shane Warne takes his 700th Test wicket on Boxing Day against England, during his last Test match on the MCG.
• 2009: A crowd of 81,000 attended the Melbourne Sound Relief benefit concert on March 14 for victims of the Black Saturday bushfires.
• 2010: The third drawn AFL grand final was played between Collingwood and St Kilda before 100,016 spectators. Collingwood won the replay.
* Bank of Melbourne will not charge an ATM access fee but other financial institutions may do so. Other bank charges, foreign exchange and account charges may apply.