Many cities have a loving relationship with their main sporting stadiums. Think London and Wembley, Barcelona and Nou Camp, Boston and Fenway Park. All amazing stadiums and all worthy of the community love they receive. They are places that bring the collective together for those group events that bind a city together.
Melbourne is possibly the most insanely passionate about its stadium. It’s called the MCG or Melbourne Cricket Ground & it’s pretty incredible. When a city lists its football/cricket stadium as its number one attraction you know the love is real. Usually next on the list is the River that runs through the city and...coffee. Quick note Melbourne, most cities are built on a river with a big sporting stadium and have cafes. Your city is great, you need to try harder.
The MCG is huge and well to be honest, not a great photo. It’s in a Park next to a train line. It has a presence but the photo opps tend to be from the sky and on special occasions. I used to live across the park from the MCG and I think I photographed it twice. It’s a no-go zone for drones as well. As incredible and majestic and all those adjectives as it is, it’s not an easy or really interesting photo from the outside.
Last time I was there it wasn’t the MCG That had me out shooting, it was the smaller stadium near the city centre. It’s known as Etihad Stadium but was originally known as Docklands Stadium. It’s a little generic for a stadium but its nestled between the skyline and Docklands Harbour, so it paints a pretty picture. It doesn’t have the atmosphere, history or heartfelt affection of the other stadium but it sure looks good at sundown.