Patrons using the southern side of the MCG will have vastly improved access around the stadium in 2009 after the State Government committed funding totalling $13 million to widen the concourse outside Gate 7 in the Great Southern Stand.
The concourse project will facilitate better pedestrian circulation on event days. It addresses safety and congestion issues at the key points of compression and will also provide an expanded and improved public space at the southern end of the ground.
Key aspects of the design of the top level of the concourse include better circulation and linkages around the site, improved forward line of sight on big crowd days, more generous meeting and milling spaces around entry and ticket sales areas and better engagement with the MCG building itself while maintaining views over the rail yards towards the greater sporting precinct.
“The lack of public space at the southern end has been made more apparent in recent times by contrast to the generous concourse and gathering spaces of the redeveloped northern stand,” says Gerard Griffin, MCC executive manager, projects and strategy.
“The widening offers the opportunity to improve the amenity of the MCG itself, expanding the apron that surrounds the ground as a clear and smooth extension of the building.”
Brunton Avenue carries a significant volume of traffic and visitors into and out of the city centre each day. The concourse widening’s effect on the experience of travelling along this major thoroughfare will be quite dramatic.
Work will begin in October 2008 and is expected to be completed during April 2009. Back to top