Boxing Day Test 2019

12 November, 2020

Members’ arrangements for the 2020 Boxing Day Test


Following the recent good news that the MCG will be able to host the 2020 Boxing Day Test, the Club is excited to welcome you back into the Members’ Reserve.

While arrangements are still being finalised we wanted to provide you with as much information as we can at this stage to assist you in planning for the Test. The arrangements detailed below represent the first instalment of information to be communicated to members and the Club will provide further instructions on access, ticketing and hospitality processes as the Test draws closer. We ask for your understanding as we work with all relevant authorities to make this event as safe and enjoyable as we can.

The MCC is committed to ensuring the 2020 Boxing Day Test operates in line with relevant Victorian Government COVID-19 guidelines so all patrons can experience the MCG in a safe way while also prioritising members’ access to the Reserve.

While it is exciting to have major events return to the MCG, the Club has put a series of arrangements in place to adhere to health advice and ensure as many members as possible have the opportunity to attend the match. As a result, access entitlements and arrangements for this Test match will be significantly different to what members have experienced in the past.

MCG and Members’ Reserve Capacity

To operate within current COVIDSafe guidelines, the Victorian Government at this stage has approved the MCG to operate at approximately 25 per cent of its total capacity for each day of the 2020 Boxing Day Test.

This therefore means the Members’ Reserve will also operate at a reduced capacity of approximately 25 per cent.

Members’ Access and Arrangements

Each day of the 2020 Boxing Day Test will be fully ticketed across the ground including the Members’ Reserve, so every member entering the Reserve will require a pre-booked ticket that includes seating details. Tickets will be issued through a ballot. To ensure our obligations to operate the ground in a COVIDSafe manner can be met, there will be no walk-up opportunity for members during the Test. Only members who have secured seating for a specific day will have their membership card activated for entry. There will be no cost to members when successful in the ticketing ballot with the Club agreeing to pay all associated ticketing fees and costs with Ticketek.

Based on the current Victorian Government capacity restrictions and to provide as many members as possible the opportunity to access the Reserve for the Test, each member will only be able to attend one of the first four days of the Test. To facilitate this, ballots for these days will be conducted on a rolling basis and once a member has been successful in a day’s ballot, they will not be eligible to enter a future ballot up to Day 4. Access arrangements for Day 5, if it occurs, will be advised during the Test.

The following membership categories will be entitled to enter ballots for the 2020 Boxing Day Test:

Days 1 – 3:
  • 50-year members
  • Full members
  • Restricted members
  • Annual guest card holders

Day 4:
  • 50-year members
  • Full members
  • Restricted members
  • Provisional members
  • Annual guest card holders

Note: There will be no visitor tickets available for the first four days of the Test.

Members’ Boxing Day Test Ballot Information

Members will be able to register in the ballot for the opportunity to secure a ticket to one of the first four days of the 2020 Boxing Day Test as below:

Day 1 – Saturday December 26:

  • Registration Date: Monday December 7, 9.00am – 12.00pm AEDT

Day 2 – Sunday December 27:

  • Registration Date: Wednesday December 9, 9.00am – 12.00pm AEDT

Day 3 – Monday December 28:

  • Registration Date: Monday December 14, 9.00am – 12.00pm AEDT

Day 4 – Tuesday December 29:

  • Registration Date: Wednesday December 16, 9.00am – 12.00pm AEDT

Day 5 – Wednesday December 30:

  • Should play continue into Day 5, further details will be communicated to members as the match unfolds, including whether visitor tickets may also be available.

Members may continue to register in each day’s ballot until successful, at which point they become ineligible to enter future ballots.

A member can register for a day's ballot on behalf of up to five other eligible members (ie. a total of up to six including the member). Therefore, if successful, that eligible group of members could sit together in an assigned row within the Members’ Reserve.

Functions and Dining

Due to Victorian Government regulations and the importance of delivering a COVIDSafe venue, the Club has decided the traditional Boxing Day Test breakfast functions, as well as Club functions in the lead up to the Boxing Day Test, will not be held in 2020.

Match day dining and food and beverage service will also be adjusted in order to support COVIDSafe measures and the wellbeing of all attendees. Further information on these arrangements will be provided in our next instalment of information.

General Public Ticketing

This week, Cricket Australia has announced details in regards to general public ticketing for the 2020 Boxing Day Test.

There will be no increase in ticket prices for the 2020 Boxing Day Test, with entry level ticket prices remaining at $30.00 for adults.

The 2020 Boxing Day Test between Australia and India at the MCG will go on sale to the general public:

  • Friday December 11 at 3.00pm AEDT

Tickets will be available for purchase via Ticketek. To register for the Australian Cricket Family, a free membership which provides exclusive access to ticket pre-sales, visit: cricket.com.au/acf

Further information and updates on ticketing arrangements will be emailed to members in the week commencing Monday November 30.