The countdown is on to the Cricket World Cup 2015. If you’re planning a visit to cheer on your favourite team, read on for everything you need to know about the Cricket World Cup in Melbourne.
Australia is co-hosting the Cricket World Cup with traditional rival New Zealand this summer. Melbourne has the honour of hosting a total of four games.
- On 22 February, South Africa takes on India.
- On 26 February, Sri Lanka will be playing Bangladesh.
- On 19 March, the second quarter final will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
- On 29 March Cricket World Cup 2015 final.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground in Yarra Park is one of the most iconic stadiums not just when it comes to Australian sport, but on the world stage. It has hosted the 1956 Olympic Games and 2006 Commonwealth Games as well as international cricket, rugby, rugby league, football and AFL matches. Built in 1853, it was the birthplace of test cricket, holding the first ever test match in 1877 between Australia and England, and also the first-ever One Day International in 1970-71 between Australia and England. The grounds at Melbourne Cricket Ground also house the Australian National Sports Museum, which you may like to check out.
If you’re wondering where to stay in Melbourne for the Cricket World Cup 215 with your Melbourne Airport car hire, the good news is that the grounds are incredibly well located with close proximity to the city centre. The Hilton, Quest and Royal hotels immediately surround the stadium. To the west of the stadium, there are many more accommodation options within the grid of the central city – the Ibis, Novotel and Stamford Plaza to name a few. If you’re heading to the stadium from here, aim to get onto Flinders St going east, then right onto Jolimont Rd and Brunton Ave until you reach the grounds. If you’re keen for a retreat set apart from the busy city centre, cross the river to Southbank and you’ll find a number of serviced apartments plus a handful of hotels.
Pre or post match, Italian eateries Geppetto, Da Bruno and GG are close to the stadium, while Spudbar is a healthy option. In the central city, Maha and The Grain Store are sure to please.