MCG car park closure likely to create Friday night squeeze

Football fans are being urged to leave their cars at home with recent heavy rains forcing the closure of the MCG car park this weekend.
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The car park in Yarra Park will be closed for all events from Friday until Sunday, meaning thousands of football fans should rethink their plans to drive.

The carpark has the capacity for 3,500 vehicles.

Public Transport Victoria’s Director of Communications Matt Phelan said people should take public transport as they are unlikely to find parking around the MCG.

“The MCG car park is closed all weekend which means there will be a large number of cars on the road looking for an extremely limited number of parking spots,” he said.

“The easiest option is to leave the car at home and catch one of the dozens of extra train and tram services to the MCG,” he said.

For tonight’s clash between Hawthorn and Collingwood, football fans should plan ahead to ensure they make the first bounce at 7.50pm.

Metro are running three extra trains before tonight’s game departing from Dandenong, Mordialloc and Sunbury.

Before and after the game, extra trams will run frequently between the city and the MCG via Melbourne Park and Wellington Parade.

Metro confirmed extra trains will run on the Belgrave, Cranbourne, Frankston, Glen Waverley, Hurstbridge, Lilydale, Pakenham, Sandringham, South Morang and Sunbury lines to cope with the extra demand all weekend.

There is also a Pink concert at Rod Laver Arena, meaning a huge number of people will be converging on the area at the same time.

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