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Heartbeat of Melbourne: The timeless prestige of the Melbourne Cricket Club

It’s a well-known fact that Melburnians don’t become sport fans, they’re born fans. Because there’s history nestled within our bustling streets — a revered institution, a beacon of tradition — the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC).

Areal shot of Melbourne Cricket Ground

Step back in time to the early days of Melbourne, when cricket wasn't just a game but a way of life. In 1838, the Melbourne Cricket Club was founded, born from the passion and dedication of a handful of cricket enthusiasts seeking to create a space where the sport could flourish. And not just their sport, but others, too.

A couple of short decades later, the MCC incorporated another sport with deep-rooted passion: Australian rules football. On 15 June, 1858, Melbourne Grammar faced off against St Kilda Grammar and ignited what would become the city’s love of footy.

But what truly sets the MCC apart is not just its illustrious history and fandom, but how these emotional connections foster the community. Remember we said that sport fans aren’t made, they’re born? That’s because when a newborn baby enters the world on Melbourne soil, their adoring parents (or even grandparents) waste no time in signing them up as a future member of the MCC. It's a tradition as old as time itself, a rite of passage that signifies belonging to something greater than oneself. And with a waiting list stretching up to 40 years, it helps to hop in the queue as quickly as possible.

Membership to the MCC is no mere formality: it's a privilege that carries plenty of benefits. Early access to tickets — like the AFL Grand Final at the MCG — plus exclusive merchandise opportunities mean being an MCC member comes with its fair share of perks, not to mention the indelible bragging rights that go with the territory.

Beyond the tangible benefits, being a member of the MCC is about so much more. It's about belonging to a community, a family of fans brought together by their shared love for sport. It's about the camaraderie forged over countless matches and shared victories, creating memories etched in emotions for generations to come.

Sunset shot of the interior of Melbourne Cricket Ground

Just like any good story, the MCC’s roster has its fair share of characters — from the die-hard fans who wouldn't miss a game for the world to the volunteers working tirelessly behind the scenes to keep the club running smoothly. Each one plays a vital role in the rich history of MCC, contributing their own unique chapter to the ongoing saga of Melbourne sport.

So, the next time you’re strolling the streets of Melbourne, take a moment to pause and appreciate the kinship that surrounds you. For in the heart of this bustling metropolis lies a true Melbourne institution — the Melbourne Cricket Club.

 

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