Sports in Melbourne
Melbourne is one of the sporting capitals of the world joining the ranks of New York, London, Berlin and Sydney as top hosts of international sporting competitions and events. As such, the city takes pride in having world-class sports venues that are strategically located at the heart of the city allowing the general public and sports fans easy access.
Melbourne is well-known for hosting the 1956 Summer Olympic Games and the 2006 Commonwealth Games. It is also home to major international sporting events held annually, namely the Australian Open, the Melbourne Cup and the Formula 1™ Australian Grand Prix.
All-year-round, this city is bustling with varying sporting events that attract both domestic and international visitors. If you don’t want to miss out on these very much anticipated events, then take note of the short list of the top sports events happening across Victoria mentioned below.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground
Before talking about any other popular sporting event held in Australia, it is noteworthy to mention that the most popular sports among Melburnians are football and cricket. The Melbourne Cricket Ground or the MCG is the biggest sporting stadium in Australia and hosts Test Cricket and Boxing Day Test in summer and the Australian Football League in winter. MCG is considered as the mecca for all football and cricket lovers. The MCG is also a popular tourist attraction. People can visit the National Sports Museum and the interactive sports gallery here to learn about the history of MCG and the various sports that shaped the identity of Melbourne in the field of sports.
What is Happening in the Sports Arena?
The Australian Open
For two weeks in January, get the chance to see tennis superstars Andy, Novak, Roger, Rafa, Serena, Victoria and Maria as they battle to win the Grand Slam title of the Australian Open Tennis Championships. Join tennis fans from all over the world and witness the action and drama at Melbourne Park’s cutting edge Rod Laver Arena and Rebound Ace Courts.
The Festival of Sails
At the Festival of Sails, typically held in the month of January, sailors with different levels of experience compete in yacht racing. While local residents and visitors that flock to the Geelong Waterfront can enjoy fun-filled activities, live music and street performances, fireworks display and great food.
The Formula 1™ Australian Grand Prix
March is the most anticipated month for people who are excited to watch the Formula 1 racing competition held at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in Albert Park. The air is filled with excitement as the admired F1 race car drivers do their stunts on track and extra activities happen off the track to wow the crowd.
The Rip Curl Pro
Some time in between March and April, the World Surf League athletes compete with each other at the Rip Curl Pro, the longest running professional surfing competition in the world. Take a time out and head to the world renowned Bells Beach and see if Mike Fanning or Carissa Moore will continue to ring the bell.
The Melbourne Cup Festival
Watch the very prestigious Thoroughbred horse racing event held at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne. This so-called Melbourne Cup Festival is not just another horse race, but a glamorous occasion mixed with food, wine and fashion. Come ready to cheer your favorite horse and jockey.
The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix
Phillip Island is home to the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Enjoy watching the fast action of motorcycle racing set against the background of breathtaking scenery and ocean views. So, if you’re looking for excitement and action the next time you visit Melbourne, consider joining the crowd in any of these sporting events.