AFL Round 1 - Hawthorn v Essendon

Sunday MAR 19

3:20 pm





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Last updated 4:17PM

Ticket information



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Opening times




AFL Reserve


MCC Reserve



Gate 3: 12.00pm

Gate 5: 1.00pm

Gate 6: Closed

Gate 7: 8.00am*

*Parking alert: Access via Gate 7 is restricted to accredited passholders and disability permit holders only.

Step into Greatness at the 'G during the 2023 AFL Premiership Season.

The Melbourne Cricket Club, as ground managers of the MCG, looks forward to welcoming you to the 'G throughout the 2023 AFL Premiership Season.

For everything you need to know on visiting the MCG for AFL, click here.


Tickets for this match are now on sale via Ticketek.

Tickets can be purchased via the Ticketek website, at Ticketek agencies or at the ground on match day, subject to availability. A total of 10 tickets can be purchased in one transaction.

General Admission Seating

Please note, general admission seating areas are subject to change. Continue to check regularly for updates and check the general admission screens at your gate upon arrival to the MCG.

Shane Warne Stand

Ponsford Stand

Olympic Stand

AFL Reserve

Cheer Squad areas

Hawthorn: M3 (rows A-R)
Essendon: M33 (rows A-Z)


General public parking is available for this match via Gates 3 and 5. Parking via Gate 7 is available to disability and accredited permit holders only. Click here for parking information as well as alternative parking options close to the MCG, and continue to check regularly for updates.

Parking can be pre-booked via Ticketek here, subject to capacity.

The G-Train Mobility Shuttle Service

The G-Train Mobility Shuttle Service operates during public events held at the MCG.

The service is free and accessible to patrons with mobility challenges. The G-Train also features vehicles with wheelchair-friendly access.

Pre-booking is not required; simply wait at a designated pick up point for the next available buggy. The service has pick up points from the following locations:

Find out more

Getting to the MCG

Find your best way to get to the MCG with our journey planner and transport option tools. For information on public transport, pedestrian access, taxi ranks and more, click here.

At the 'G

Road closures

Brunton Avenue: 6.00pm-7.00pm
Wellington Parade: 6.00pm-6.30pm

MCC Library Fact Sheet

2023 AFL Premiership Season Round 1 - Hawthorn v Essendon

Australian Sports Museum

The Australian Sports Museum is open event days before the bounce for all ticket holders.

Located at Gate 3 inside the MCG, the Museum showcases the best of Australian sports including AFL, cricket and the Olympics.

For this match, the Museum is open from 10.00am-1.00pm.

Please note: MCG Tours only operate on select event days.

Find out more.

Metro Trains Disruptions

Buses replace trains on sections of the Hurstbridge, Belgrave, Lilydale, Sunbury and Upfield lines at various times on Sunday March 19. Coaches replace trains on sections of the Ballarat, Ararat, Maryborough, Bendigo, Echuca, Swan Hill, Geelong and Warrnambool lines.

For further information and to plan your journey at

Flashing Lights Warning

Please note, flashing lights will be used throughout this match at the MCG.

Zero delay commentary for the hearing impaired

The SEN Stadium App provides a zero delay commentary on the Hearing Loop at the MCG. Download here.

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