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Match Day Info: Cats v Hawks

March 24, 2016 3:55 PM

ROUND 1 Cats v Hawks | Mon 28 Mar, 3.20pm | MCG

ROUND 1 Cats v Hawks | Mon 28 Mar, 3.20pm | MCG


Gates Open

Public - 1.00pm
AFL Reserve - 1.00pm
MCC Reserve - 1.00pm

MCG security measures

A two-stage approach to patron entry - with checkpoints set back from the stadium structure – will be in place for the 2016 season.

Football fans are being urged to allow additional time to enter the stadium when the AFL season starts on March 24, with the majority of the introduced security measures - including 100 per cent bag checks and random, continuous hand-held metal detection of patrons before entry - remaining in place for AFL matches.

Checks will take place at the stadium entry gates, rather than at an external perimeter fence, and bag-free entry lanes will continue to operate.



Paul Couch Tribute

Prior to the MCG blockbuster on Easter Monday, the Geelong Cats will honour and celebrate club great Paul Couch who recently passed away aged 51.

In a special on-ground tribute and big screen presentation, Couch’s family and former teammates will join together to celebrate the career of one the former Brownlow Medallist.

The on-ground tribute will commence at approximately 2.50pm and the Cats encourage all fans to be seated in the stadium by this time.

AFL Playground

The AFL Playground opens 90 minutes before the game at the MCG, so be sure to check it out with the kids! Fun, free footy activities for all and Half Cat will be making an appearance!

NIB - Match Day Sponsor

NIB Health Funds will be hosting fun activities and giveaways pre-game on the concourse at Gates 3 and 5. Make sure you pick up a NIB/Cats fan banner for your chance to win a prize at quarter time, half time and three quarter time! 



To purchase your tickets for the blockbuster click here

Members with a Melbourne Reserved seat package can scan in using their membership card (or temporary pass) to access their seat.

General Admission Members will be able to scan in to the ground using their membership card (or temporary pass) and access any general admission seating, or upgrade to a reserved seat via Ticketek. Click here for more information. 

Social Club Members are required to upgrade their reserved seat with Ticketek and entitled to two guest passes for this game. Please click here for more information

See below for General Admission seating bay locations:

 Level 1Level 2Level 2ALevel 4
Ponsford Stand M28 - M36 Not Available Not Available Q29 - Q36
Olympic Stand Not Available Not Available Not Available Q50 - Q55
Rows R - MM
Great Southern Stand Not Available Not Available P1 - P4 Q1 - Q7, Q8 - Q15½
Rows P - DD

Cheer Squad Allocation: Geelong Cats - M3 (Rows A - T), Hawthorn - M33 (Rows A - S)




Our friendly Membership Marquee can be found at two locations on game day from 1.00pm until 3.20pm:

- Outside Gate 3
- Outside Gate 5 (on lower concourse)

You will be able to purchase any 2016 membership, ask any questions or members will be able to collect their 2016 Member Item (cap or scarf) from either of these locations. Please note there will be limited items available on game day. But don't worry, there will be plenty of other games throughout the season for you to collect the item, or you are able to arrange postage for a small fee via your MyCATS account


Our club operated Cats Shop van will be located outside Gate 4.

Make sure you're game ready and check out all the new arrivals. All profits go directly towards the club and remember, all members get 10% off! 



Public transport

There are two train stations which are close to the MCG - Jolimont and Richmond stations. Jolimont is a short five-minute walk to the ground and can be accessed by any train on the Hurstbridge or South Morang train lines.

Richmond station is serviced by quite a few train lines, as well as several of the V/Line footy specials. It's a slightly longer walk to the ground but you can walk past the Punt Road Oval to the Great Southern Stand side.

Please note: For all up to date information on V/Line regional rail timetables and line service updates, please visit the V/Line website.  For V/Line Footy specials/timetables, please visit 

Three tram routes provide access to the MCG. No. 75 (City-Vermont South) travels along Flinders St and connects with the eastern suburbs via Wellington Parade. No. 48 (Docklands/City-North Balwyn) travels along Collins Street and connects with the eastern suburbs via Wellington Parade. Both these routes stop just outside the MCG. No. 70 (Docklands/City-Wattle Park) travels along Flinders Street then detours via Melbourne Park and the tram stop is a short walk across the footbridge to the ground.

Buses and Taxis
Click here for more information.

Car Parking

Car parking is usually available at the MCG in Yarra Park on event days. This land is controlled by the Melbourne Cricket Club and managed on event days by Care Park. Parking currently costs $10 (cash only) per vehicle.

Yarra Park gate opening times are as follows:
Gate 3 - 11.00am
Gate 5 - 12.00pm
Gate 6 - 12.00pm
Gate 7 - 10.30am (Gate 7 is only for those with media passes, corporate passes or accessible parking permits)

Occasionally parts of Yarra Park are closed to save the grass after heavy rain. Street parking is very limited. Parking in high-rise parking buildings in the CBD is another option for MCG visitors.

Click here for Yarra Park map

Pedestrian bridges

Click here for more information on pedestrian bridge access points.



Yarra Park Map: Click here

MCG Seating Map: Click here



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