23 March, 2020

A Message From The President: COVID-19

Dear Members,

I write to you following the Federal Government’s announcement regarding tighter restrictions being imposed across the country because of the escalating COVID-19 pandemic.

These restrictions are to keep all of us safe, to protect those most at risk and to limit the impact the growing number of cases will have on our health system. The sooner we all respect these restrictions, the sooner we can get back to doing what we love most. For me, one of those things is watching the cricket or football from the Reserve.

While this period will be tough, I implore you to play your role to keep one another safe. As our AFL coaches often say, it is the one percenters that will make the difference.

Aligned with the Victorian and Federal Governments’ announcements yesterday, the AFL confirmed their season will be halted until at least Sunday May 31, the end of what would have been Round 11. 

For members who purchased daily reserved seats or visitor tickets from Round 2 through to Round 11, you will be contacted by either Ticketek or by the Club.

Please be mindful and patient as the Club works through the logistics and communication of those arrangements.

Due to the directive to close non-essential workplaces, the Membership Services Counter within Gate 2 at the MCG will not open for the foreseeable future with the health and safety of the Club’s staff remaining paramount.

However, the Club’s social media channels and the email address membership@mcc.org.au remain open for members queries.

We will continue to work with the AFL, the Government and the health authorities on navigating what the AFL season will look like post May 31 and continue to update members accordingly.

We might not physically be able to come together for the foreseeable future, but the Melbourne Cricket Club membership is still a strong community and we can all play our part in keeping one another safe in the face of adversity. 

My thoughts are with you, your families, loved ones and friends and my hope is that you stay well and safe.

Kind regards,

Michael Happell