Boxing Day Test 2019

12 November, 2020

Members’ arrangements for the 2020 Boxing Day Test

We are excited to be welcoming live sport back to Melbourne for the Boxing Day Test in what will be a significant milestone for Victoria after an immensely trying year.

Arrangements for this year’s Test will look different to what we are accustomed as we operate in line with Victorian Government COVID-19 guidelines to ensure that all patrons can attend the MCG in a safe way.

With the MCG currently approved to operate at 25 per cent capacity, the Members’ Reserve will accordingly operate at a reduced capacity of 25 per cent. Our COVIDSafe plans dictate that all patrons at the ground and in the Reserve must have a pre-booked reserved ticket, meaning there will be no walk-up opportunity for members during the Test.

Members' ticketing

In order to provide as many members as possible the opportunity to access the Reserve for the Test, each member successful in a ballot will only be able to attend one of the first four days of the Test.

To facilitate this, ballots for Days 1–4 will be conducted on a rolling basis. Once a member has been successful in a day’s ballot, they will not be eligible to enter a future ballot up to and including Day 4.

If wishing to attend as a group, members must register in the ballot together, up to a maximum of six per registration.

Ticket ballot registrations will be run via Ticketek and the link to register will be made available on this page before the ballot for Day 1 opens on Monday December 7.

DayEligible membersBallot registrations openNotified via email of ballot outcomeDining registrations openNotified via email of dining outcome
Day 1 – Dec 2650-year, Full & Restricted members*Mon Dec 7, 9.00am–12.00pmTues Dec 8Wed Dec 9Thurs Dec 10
Day 2 – Dec 2750-year, Full & Restricted members*Wed Dec 9, 9.00am–12.00pmThurs Dec 10Fri Dec 11Mon Dec 14
Day 3 – Dec 2850-year, Full & Restricted members*Mon Dec 14, 9.00am–12.00pmTues Dec 15Wed Dec 16Thurs Dec 17
Day 4 – Dec 2950-year, Full, Restricted & Provisional members*Wed Dec 16, 9.00am–12.00pmThurs Dec 17Fri Dec 18Mon Dec 21
*Members entitled to purchase an annual guest card can also include these in the ballot for Days 1-4 of the Test.

Add these reminders to your calendar:

Boxing Day Test – Day 1 ticket ballot open
Boxing Day Test – Day 2 ticket ballot open
Boxing Day Test – Day 3 ticket ballot open
Boxing Day Test – Day 4 ticket ballot open

50 year members

50 year members will be required to obtain seating via the ballot. Unfortunately, due to government social distancing requirements and room capacity restrictions, the N42 seating bay and the John Landy Room will not be available for 50 year members this year.

Accessible seating

A separate ballot for accessible seating will be conducted for the first four days of the Test match and the same access and ballot conditions outlined for the general seating will apply. The only variations are that members registering for accessible seating will need to select the Accessible Seating option in the date drop down menu on the Ticketek website and, to maximise our available accessible seating, there will be a maximum of two eligible members per ballot registration. Note: An additional complimentary ticket will be provided for members with a Government-issued Companion Card.

This will be the first time that accessible seating will be processed via Ticketek. Please select the category that fits your requirements. If you select ‘accessible seating (other)’ a Ticketek customer service staff member will contact you to determine your requirements. Please note that this call will come from a private phone number.

Important ballot and ticketing information

  • There is no charge for members’ ticketing and the Club will meet associated ticketing fees.
  • Members unsuccessful in a ballot may continue to enter ballots for following days.
  • There will be no visitor tickets available for the first four days of the Test.
  • Only members who have secured seating for a specific day will have their membership card activated for entry.
  • Your ticket cannot be transferred to other members as their membership card will not be valid for entry.
  • Seating will be randomly allocated across all levels to successful members. If you are successful in registering for a ticket, you will be assigned a bay and row, not a specific seat within a row – you will then be required to socially distance from other groups of members within your row.
  • Members wishing to attend as a group must register in the ballot together, up to a maximum of six per registration. If successful, your group will be assigned to a row and you will be required to socially distance from other groups of members within your row.
  • Access arrangements for Day 5, if it occurs, will be advised during the Test.

A reminder that public tickets will be on sale to registered Australian Cricket Family members on December 10 and to the general public on December 11.

Members’ dining and hospitality

Members who are successful in securing a ticket to the Test will be able to register for a range of hospitality options, all of which must be pre-booked ahead of the Test. Members will also have the opportunity to pre-book a hamper to collect on the day.

Dining options available for the Boxing Day Test include the Members Dining Room, Long Room, Committee Room, Jim Stynes Grill, Hugh Trumble Café and Tower 6. You will be able to register to book a table for up to 10 members (all of whom will have been successful in the ticket ballot) in each of these dining spaces, which will have reduced capacities in accordance with Government COVID guidelines.

More information about members’ dining and hospitality options will be communicated to members successful in the ticket ballots. Registration opening dates can be viewed via the ticket ballot and dining registration table above.

Outside of the dining options outlined above, food and beverage at bars and outlets will operate as take-away and patrons are asked to consume their food and beverages from their viewing seats. This means that members will be able to consume alcoholic beverages from their seats throughout the match.

Other important information

In addition to the information outlined above, there are some further protocols that will be in place for the duration of the Boxing Day Test in order to ensure that all patrons can visit the ground in a safe way.

The MCG will be split into zones, meaning that patrons and members will be strictly required to remain in their allocated area. There will be no possibility of crossing between zones. For members, this zone is the entirety of the Members’ Reserve.