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Is it possible for the MCG to host football matches in a way that places spectators closer to the field of play? Apparently there was some talk when the idea of a 2010 Australia FIFA WC was floating around of a temporary seating bowl that would have been constructed over level 1 so that the configurations would suit a soccer stadium and capacity would be 120,000.

Is this possible?
 

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that's the MCG in Commonwealth Games mode, I reckon you can put a couple thousands seats there. I think it is feasible to do something similar. But I don't think they'd do all of that for 1 warm-up soccer match. AFL uses the G week in week out.

It wouldn't be such a bad idea would it? Since the MCG's 100,000 seats have been all sold out.
 

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Not sure on what sort of angle the temporary stands would bo on though?? I can see people seated about halfway between the pitch & original stands complaing that they can't see the field properly.
 

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The only way is to lower the whole ground level at the MCG by 10-15 metres and reshaping the lower deck to a rectangular field...possible...but would put the AFL out of the ground by at least a year..maybe 2...
It wont happen..
 

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Hmm.. nice photo to show what we would expect against Greece in the 25th, which is back to back football matches for us in NSW/QLD, and those who watch Origin in Victoria.
 

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In the odd chance australia hosts a world cup...how would melbourne use the MCG or would it just use the new planned melbourne victory "rectangular" stadium?
 

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The MCG is multi-purpose, if an event like the World Cup was held in Australia, I haven't a shadow of doubt the MCG would be used and the MCC would be pushing very hard for at least one of the key events, like an opening, or final match.
 

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Mo Rush said:
In the odd chance australia hosts a world cup...how would melbourne use the MCG or would it just use the new planned melbourne victory "rectangular" stadium?
The new Melbourne stadium(rectangular) will seat just 20,000 and may be upgraded to 25,000 later on.Way below FIFA World Cup standards.
No doubt the MCG will be used.
 

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The only way is to lower the whole ground level at the MCG by 10-15 metres and reshaping the lower deck to a rectangular field...possible...but would put the AFL out of the ground by at least a year..maybe 2...
I have worked on the HK Sha Tin horse racing track and talk of lowering the arena, was not substantiated as the air flow regulations would not be met. And this arena is not fully enclosed like the MCG. Im sure the MCC would think of something that equals aesthically pleasing on the eye as well as the pocket!

If Aus did host a world cup (with or without NZ) the final would no doubt be at the MCG, with SF at Telstra Stadium and possibly at Telstra Dome (not sure if meets FIFA regulations of 60 000 for SF).
 

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Jeepers, that's like being in another postcode.

Problem is, not only is the shape all wrong, but it's also got these really long flat stands at the base. Look at it from that aerial, don't see how you could fix that. Even if you filled in the gaps you are still going to be sitting too low. It's just not optimal for football.
 

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So if its just not good enough for football what then? not include it as a stadium...would FIFA even allow it...i spose they wud seeing that berling olympic stadium has an athletics track..just add it to the list of world cup finals stadia with athletics tracks...yokohama berlin...
 

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If you were sitting in the top tier wouldn't the viewing be crappy? And i thought afl and football had different surfaces?
The surface at the G is now flat and in very good condition atm.
 

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Is it really neccessary to have "MELBOURNE" printed around the entire soccer field? LOL.
i think it's a soccer thing. or actually... could be a cricket ground thing its one of them Perth and Sydney had some too in the WACA and the SCG in the summer series
 

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The surface at the G is now flat and in very good condition atm.
like hell its in good condition. the pitch was dug up players were slipping and sliding not to mention the AFL markings on the pitch which technically by FIFA rules in unacceptable.
 

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like hell its in good condition. the pitch was dug up players were slipping and sliding not to mention the AFL markings on the pitch which technically by FIFA rules in unacceptable.
Well dont play soccer there then if its not good enough!
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The MCG was designed for cricket and Australian Football it has never been ideal for rectangle sports so get over it.
The G has up to 4 AFL matches every week in the season so its not going to be perfect.
Its more about the MONEY mate.Telstra Dome which can be made into a rectangle only holds 56,000 the MCG 98,000 do the maths.
 

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So is the Telstra Dome's rectangle and oval capacity 56 000? Usually multi-purpose stadiums have a larger rectangle formation than an oval formation. I know Telstra Stadium has oval capacity of 73 000 and rectangle capacity of 83 500.

BTW the MCG is not 'ideal' for players, FIFA and spectators, but great for investors/sponsors etc.
 

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rondeez said:
Is it really neccessary to have "MELBOURNE" printed around the entire soccer field? LOL.
Sydney did exactly the same thing during the qualifyers.

it's common for any event to have the branding of the host city.
 
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