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Membership

  • Can I bring guests into the Members Reserve?

    Yes. Restricted and Full members can purchase a maximum of four visitor tickets for entry into the Members Reserve for most cricket and football matches (Grand Final excluded) at the ground. There are variations for the AFL Finals, Boxing Day Test, Category '1' AFL home and away matches and other major sporting events. 

    Provisional members are unable to purchase visitor tickets for category 1 and 2 matches/days, however will be able to purchase a maximum of 2 visitor tickets to Category ‘3’ and ‘4’ matches/days.

    Members are advised of these arrangements via seasonal guidesnewsletters, this website, email, Facebook and Twitter.

  • How does the Long Room and Members Dining Room dress code compare to the remainder of the Reserve?

    The standard of dress in the Long Room and Members Dining Room for males is shirt, tie, jacket, slacks and dress shoes (jacket is optional in cricket season). Females are expected to dress to a similar standard. 

    Minimum dress requirements for the Members Reserve is neat casual for men and women. Denim is acceptable and males must wear a collared shirt, irrespective of whether or not a collared sweater or jacket is being worn over the top.

    Click here for further details on dress standards.

  • How can I purchase visitor tickets?

    Visitor tickets can be purchased through Ticketek (1300 136 961, online at www.ticketek.com.au or via agencies), the Membership Services office (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) or at the Gate 2 ticket windows on match day, subject to availability.

    Conditions: Only members can collect pre-purchased tickets from Gate 2 on match days, when your account confirmation number and membership card must be produced. 
    Members are responsible for their guests' behaviour and must accompany them while in the Reserve.

  • Can I defer my MCC membership or transfer it to another person?

    Members cannot defer their MCC membership. 

    If a membership remains unpaid for greater than 12 months, the member is placed on the suspended member list and must write to the MCC Committee to nominate for reinstatement.

    Your photo ID membership card is strictly non-transferable and is issued for personal use only. 

    Lending your card is a serious breach of the club rules and offenders will incur severe penalties. It is also a member's responsibility to make sure that their card is secure so that it cannot be used by another person.

  • Can I use my MCC membership to enter the public and AFL member areas at the MCG?

    No, your membership card will not be recognised at the public or AFL member entrances at the MCG. 

    However, once members are inside the Members Reserve they may cross over into the public areas of the MCG to sit in unreserved seating areas.

  • How do I obtain Long Room and Balcony passes for my guests?

    A limited number of Long Room passes are made available to Full and Restricted adult members for certain matches/days. A more generous allocation of Balcony passes will be made available to all Full and Restricted member categories on these matches/days.

    Provisional members are unable to apply for Long Room or Balcony passes for category 1, 2 and 3 matches/days, however will be able to apply for Category 4 event days.

    Advance applications for Long Room and Balcony passes will open at 9.00am on the Monday two weeks prior to the match. Advance applications can be made online or by email.

    Restrictions are placed on the number of successful advance applications a member can have in each season. The number of passes available is determined by the category of match being played.

    Passes not allocated in advance will be available for collection by members on match day from the Passes windows to the left of Gate 2 from one hour prior to gate opening time. 

    Click here for updates on pass availability.

Membership arrangements 2020/21

  • When I pay by instalment plan, will my access entitlements be subject to each payment instalment being up to date?

    Yes, your membership instalment(s) payments must be able to be processed by the club by the dates specified to ensure your access entitlements are maintained.

  • How is my membership fee used by the Club?

    As ground manager the MCC is obligated to maintain the MCG and to run the events at the stadium including staffing, services and security. Membership fees contribute to that work. Fees also contribute to the running of the Club, the high standard of services available to the MCC Members in the Reserve and the benefits provided to members for match day and non-match day events. Revenues from the Club are also used to repay debt. The Club still has a significant amount of debt that was incurred when the re-development was undertaken ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
  • If I am successful in my application for Financial Hardship, how much extra discount will I receive?

    The MCC will determine the percentage reduction of each member's 2020/21 membership subscription at its sole discretion and on a case by case basis. Subscription payment arrangements will then be arranged and communicated to each member.


    The Financial Hardship application form and eligibility criteria are available here.

  • I am a 50-year member of the MCC, will my membership be discounted?

    A 30% discount will be applied to 2020/21 membership subscriptions, with the exception of 50-year members. As it currently stands, once a member reaches the 50-year mark of membership their fee reduces. As these members already reap the benefit of reduced fees, theirs will not be discounted.

  • Is the 30% discount on my 2020/21 membership subscription applied to all levels of membership?

    A 30% discount will be applied to 2020/21 membership subscriptions, with the exception of 50-year members. As it currently stands, once a member reaches the 50-year mark of membership their fee reduces. As these members already reap the benefit of reduced fees, theirs will not be discounted.

  • Why has the Club decided to introduce a payment plan?

    The Committee and management wanted to provide another means of support to our members and a payment plan will allow payments to be spread out over three payments instead of just one. This plan will continue beyond the COVID-19 crisis giving all members the opportunity to stagger their payments.

    New for 2020, the club is pleased to introduce an ongoing payment plan for annual membership subscriptions which will be available for members from the 2020/2021 season. MCCFlexipay provides members the opportunity to setup a part payment plan to be direct debited over three instalments from a nominated credit card or bank account.

  • On my renewal there is an option to waive the discount and contribute this discount back to the Club. Why would I do this?

    There are two main reasons members might elect to make a donation. The first is that the Club’s obligations to maintain the MCG continue irrespective of whether crowds can attend the venue so its costs remain high. The second is that the COVID-19 pandemic will not affect all our members equally. For some there will be little impact while for others the financial implications will be devastating. The donation will help the Club support those in hardship situations.
  • Will the Club be refunding portions of memberships in the 2019/20 membership subscription season?

    The Club has committed to a 30% discount for the 2020/21 membership subscription and to support members who are dealing with financial hardship due to COVID-19. There will be no refund or discount for the 2019/20 membership subscription.

  • Why was a 30% discount chosen and not a greater amount given we could miss a whole football season and potentially some cricket?

    The Committee had to consider the affordability of any subscription discount in the context of the Club’s financial position, both as it stands today and as it may evolve during this crisis.

    The Club belongs to the members and we are all custodians of the Club for the benefit of all members, current and future.

  • I am currently experiencing hardship and will not be able to pay the subscription amount. What are my options?

    We know that the COVID-19 pandemic, and for some of our members the 2019/2020 Australian bushfires, have resulted in severe financial hardship. The club would like to support those members because we understand the important role club life plays for so many. For this reason we are inviting members who require support to make a hardship application. This can be done by completing an online application form prior to making any subscription payment.

    The application form and eligibility criteria are available here.

  • What if there is no live sport at the MCG during the 2020/21 membership season, will the Club refund the entire amount next year?

    It is too early to provide any guidance on membership subscription arrangements for years beyond the upcoming year. The MCC Committee will continue to monitor developments and ensure the viability of the Club and the members will continue to be at the forefront of decision making.

Other

  • Is there a members' car park?

    On March 15, 2010 the Melbourne Cricket Club commenced the role of management of the Yarra Park precinct, after it was transferred from City of Melbourne through a change in government legislation. 

    At present, there is no area specifically set aside for MCC members to park their vehicles. On match days, the closest public parking area to the Members Reserve is through Gate 3 on the corner of Wellington Parade South and Jolimont Terrace. 

    On non-event days, members can utilise short-term street parking in Jolimont Street or Jolimont Terrace, or if booked into the Committee Room for lunch, parking will be arranged in the underground car park off Brunton Avenue.

  • I have lost an item at an event, who can I contact?

    To check if something has been handed in, please ring the club on (03) 9657 8888 and our team will check lost property with security.
  • What do I do if I have lost my card or had it stolen? Am I still able to enter the Reserve?

    If you have lost your card or it has been stolen, please contact Member and Customer Services at your earliest convenience by phoning (03) 9657 8888. A temporary pass can be issued to allow entry into the reserve prior to a new card being issued. 

Waiting List

  • How do I join the MCC membership waiting list?

    Applicants must complete an MCC membership nomination form and pay the $135 nomination fee. Nomination forms require the signature of a proposer and seconder, both of whom must be Full financial members of the MCC.

    Club rules do not permit Restricted or Provisional members to propose or second nominations.

    No photocopied or emailed nomination forms will be accepted, as signatures must be the original. Full members can propose or second up to four candidates each membership season commencing September 1.
  • How long does it take to become a member?

    The committee determines the number of candidates it can offer Provisional, Restricted and Full membership in June or July of each year.

     
    Due to numerous variable factors that are taken into consideration when determining new member intakes each year, it is not possible to estimate exactly how long a candidate on the waiting list will have to wait before they are offered membership. 

    However, we do know the nomination date of the latest candidates elected to membership in our intake for the 2020/21 season. 

    All Restricted members who were nominated on the waiting list from September 1, 1991 to April 30, 1992 inclusive will be offered Full membership.

    Existing Provisional members nominated from February 1, 1998 to July 31, 1998 inclusive will be offered Restricted membership.

    Waiting list candidates nominated from April 1, 2002 to November 30, 2004 inclusive will be offered Provisional membership.

    The waiting list, therefore, will consist of candidates nominated from December 1, 2004 to today.