No matter where you've come from, you're probably aware that Melbourne is a sport-crazed city. From four major football codes to hosting the Australian Open tennis tournament every year, there is an abundance of sport to be watched in the Victorian capital.
Melbourne is the home of Australia’s favourite sport and 10 of the national competition’s 18 teams are based in Victoria. Seeing a match, preferably involving a high-profile club like Collingwood or Richmond, at the 100,000-seater Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) should be on every international student’s bucket list.
The Ashes have come and gone but if you’re interested in the cricket, get along to the Big Bash League (BBL), with local teams Melbourne Stars and Melbourne Renegades drawing big crowds. It’s exciting, only lasts three hours and is reasonably priced.
The first Grand Slam on the tennis calendar is the Australian Open, renowned for its flair and hot weather. Running from January 15-28 at Melbourne Park, the Open is nearing completion, with spectators able to access all-day ground passes and see the best players in the world.
The world game continues to grow in Australia and the recent success of the Socceroos should do nothing to dispel this rising popularity. Being surrounded by the passionate supporters is worth the price of admission, so get along to see the Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City derby, guaranteed to be entertaining.
Victoria has been blessed to host one of the most dominant teams in the National Rugby League (NRL) over the last decade. The Melbourne Storm play their home games at AAMI Park and feature three of the greatest players of the modern era in Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater.
The National Basketball League (NBL) has enjoyed something of a resurgence in popularity over the last three seasons, no doubt boosted by the exploits of Australian players Ben Simmons, Matthew Dellavedova and Paddy Mills in the NBA. You can catch Melbourne United at Hisense Arena or the State Netball and Hockey Centre.
In February 2017, Suncorp Super Netball replaced the ANZ Championships and became Australia’s premier competition, fielding eight teams including two from Melbourne. You can support the established Melbourne Vixens or the recently formed Collingwood Magpies, both of whom play their matches at Hisense Arena and Margaret Court Arena.