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New footbridge from Richmond train station part of plan for MCG upgrade

Herald Sun
December 24, 2017 1:34pm

THE MCG is exploring the possibility of building a footbridge from Richmond train station to make access to the ground easier for fans.

The Melbourne Cricket Club and the State Government have launched a MCG precinct master plan, which will help determine future renovation and construction works for the iconic stadium.

In an exclusive interview, MCG chief executive Stuart Fox said the study would focus on “future developments and upgrades for the stadium as the assets continue to age”.

The Great Southern Stand, which was constructed in 1991-92, will also be reviewed.

The study will establish a long-term vision for what the stadium will require and look like in 10-plus years.

Fox said pedestrian movement and safety, and traffic flow, would be important ­aspects, as would how the stadium linked with Richmond station on major event days.

He said it was important to ensure the MCG could continue to meet the community’s needs for the next 50 years.

“There are a lot of issues within the master plan which need to be explored and it’s something we are partnering with the State Government on,” Fox said.

The study is expected to be completed within 18 months.


* The MCG has not been renovated since the rebuild of the MCC Members’ Stand was completed in early 2006.

* Adelaide Oval, GMHBA Stadium in Geelong and the new Perth Stadium have set new standards for patrons. The MCG needs to keep pace.

* Etihad Stadium is likely to be refurbished in the coming years, increasing the competition between venues.

* More AFL and BBL matches are drawing crowds in excess of 80,000. Richmond’s three finals this year each surpassed 94,000. The demands of bigger drawing events needs to be catered for.