Melbourne Cricket Ground - SGV-AFL Agreement
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SGV-AFL Agreement

In September 2009 the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) reached agreement with the MCG Trust, AFL and State Government on some significant developments concerning the future of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and the surrounding Yarra Park precinct:

1. The licence agreement between the MCC and the AFL being extended by five years, ensuring football and the AFL Grand Final remains at the MCG until at least 2037.

2. AFL clubs playing home games at the MCG receiving at least an additional $4.6 million a year – or $100,000 a game – for the next 10 years from MCG revenues.

3. The management of Yarra Park transferring to the MCG Trust, who in turn will delegate operational management to the MCC, with a key water project and landscaping project to secure the future of the trees in the park and preservation of existing car parking entitlements.

4. The Victorian Government delivering a capped contribution of $30 million towards a major refurbishment of the AFL Members Reserve in the Great Southern Stand and $6 million towards the water-saving project in Yarra Park.

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Yarra ParkYARRA PARK

The MCC has developed a Yarra Park Master Plan to greatly improve the parkland and protect the gardens from the effects of the drought. 

From March 15, 2010 management of the parkland will become the day-to-day responsibility of the MCC.

The MCC has agreed to invest $16m in Yarra Park to undertake the water recycling project and the implementation of the Yarra Park Draft Masterplan.

The Masterplan will see the addition of new avenues of trees, selected tree planting, mulching on avenues, significant tree protection measures introduced, lawn upgrades, improvements to the playground, additional garden beds established and new pedestrian paths.

Anne Barker, managing director, City West Water, said she was pleased to be able to support the innovative water saving initiative at one of Melbourne’s major landmarks.

“This is a great outcome for the community – it provides certainty of water supply for the MCG and Yarra Park precinct, and replaces millions of litres of drinking water every year.  We congratulate the MCC and the state government on the initiative,” Ms Barker said.

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AFL AT THE MCG

The new arrangement for home games at the MCG also includes an attendance incentive arrangement marked at $1.50 per head for attendances between 2.1 million and 2.5 million patrons; $2 per head for attendances between 2.5 million and three million patrons; and $3 per head for attendances in excess of three million patrons. 

Based on 2008 attendances, this payment would have been an additional $1.2m to the AFL and its clubs. 

The MCC believes the offer to the AFL and the AFL clubs is fair and reasonable given the size of the debt to be serviced, the costs of running the stadium and the inherent risks involved. The new agreement is also a great result for MCC members.

View the MCC-AFL User Agreement fact sheet

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The MCGGREAT SOUTHERN STAND REFURBISHMENT

The Victorian Government has committed $30 million for a refurbishment of the Great Southern Stand.

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