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    2015 AFL Finals Series

    Schedule of matches

    The MCG will host one match in the second week of the 2015 AFL Finals Series:

    Friday September 18 at 7.50pm - Semi Final - Hawthorn v Adelaide
    - Gate 2 will open at 5.00pm.
    - Limit of four visitor tickets per member.
    - Limit of two guests per member in Members Dining Room.
    - All Long Room/Balcony passes have been allocated
    - Seat tickets issued upon arrival in the Reserve on middle two levels.

    Visitor tickets

    Each MCC member will be able to purchase up to four visitor tickets, subject to availability.

    Visitor tickets go on sale on Monday September 14 at midday via Ticketek or in person at the club office.

    Visitor tickets cost $77 (adults) and $26 (children under 15).

    Reserved seats

    Reserved seats on Level 1 for members and their guests have now sold out. Reserved seats on Level 4 are still available via Ticketek or in person at the club office.

    Reserved seats cost $10 for adults (whether a member or guest) and $5 for children under 15.

    View the Members Reserve seating plan

    Members Dining Room

    Ballot registrations for the Members Dining Room will be taken online here on Tuesday September 15 from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

    Members are only entitled to one registration in the ballot. Duplicate registrations will be excluded.

    A reserved seat on Level 2 is part of the Members Dining Room package during the first three weeks of the finals, but this does not apply for the grand final.

    Note: There will be a limit of two guests per member in a dining booking for the Hawthorn v Adelaide match.

    Long Room and Balcony Passes

    All Long Room and Balcony passes available by advance application have been allocated.

    Overseas members
    Overseas members who are returning to Australia and plan on attending any of the AFL finals matches may either pay an entry fee per match, or purchase a series package. Details here.