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Update on MCG roof walk and zipline

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A proposed concept of a zip line and roof walk at the MCG will not proceed at this time, after detailed research found that the structural impact on the stadium and the associated capital cost would greatly exceed initial forecasts.

In February last year, the MCC secured a $650,000 contribution from the Federal Government’s Tourism Demand Driver infrastructure program towards the project. It was the MCC’s initial intention to construct and operate a cross-stadium zip line and a roof walk experience for MCG visitors.

A permanent cross-stadium zip line was a unique, never-before-tested proposition. Extensive consideration of the MCG’s structure, the stadium’s heavy event schedule and safety imperatives has shown that it is not a viable option at this time.

The decision was reached following significant consultation with engineering and design organisations, both in Australia and overseas.

Operating a standalone roof walk was also deemed not viable at this point in time.

“We remain committed to enhancing the MCG’s tourism offering, and will continue to explore opportunities to complement the existing MCG Tour and National Sports Museum,” said MCC CEO Stuart Fox.