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Essendon vs. Hawthorn

Saturday 25 March

7:25pm (AEDT)

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)

Gates Open:

5:00pm. We encourage fans to arrive early, especially if they are not participating in Our Comeback March to the 'G, as the expected crowd is 80,000 and delays are expected. Further updates can be found here.


Member Services will be located in the “Club Hub” at Gate 3 from 5:30PM until quarter time for all sales, enquiries and collections.


Ticket information is available here. Flexi members are strongly encouraged to upgrade to a reserved seat to avoid long ticket queues and disappointment on the night.

It is recommended that you hold a reserved seat for this game as GA areas are limited. The below areas are subject to change, more information can be found here.



Level 1

Level 2

Level 2A

Level 4

Ponsford Stand

Not Available

Not Available



Olympic Stand

Not Available

Not Available


Q49-Q55 Rows AA-MM

Southern Stand

Not Available

Not Available

Not Available


Cheer squad Allocations:

Essendon – M3 Rows A–G

Hawthorn – M33 Rows A-S

Additional information

·         Public reserved seat sales available at all Public Gates, as well as at the Ticketek box office at Gate 3.

Online Coverage:

Essendon fans keep across the Club’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts for inner sanctum access and comprehensive match-day coverage. You can also join the conversation on Twitter by using the official hashtags for this match, #AFLDonsHawks and #DonTheSash. Fans are also encouraged to use snapchat and send snaps to @Essendonfc to get your snap on our story.











TV Broadcast Guide:

VIC –  Fox Footy (LIVE) @ 19:00, Channel 7 (LIVE) @ 19:00 

SA - Fox Footy & Channel 7 (LIVE) @ 18:50

WA - Fox Footy & 7mate (LIVE) @ 16:20 & 16:00 respectively

QLD - Fox Footy & 7mate (LIVE) @ 18:30

NSW - Fox Footy & 7mate (LIVE) @ 19:30


Radio Broadcast Guide:

Melbourne –

Triple M 19:20 - 22:30

3AW 1915-2300

ABC 1920-2230

Gstand Digital 1920-2230

Adelaide –  

Triple M 1850-2200

FIVEaa 1850-2200

(via CROC)

ABC 1850-2200

Gstand Digital 1850-2200

Perth – 

6PR 1720-2000 (via 3AW)

ABC 1620-1930

Gstand Digital 1620-1930

Sydney – 

Triple M 1920-2230

Brisbane –   


Canberra - 


Hobart - 

Triple M 1920-2230

ABC 1920-2230

Darwin - 

ABC 1750-2100

Regional - 

CROCMEDIA 1920-2400

K ROCK 1800-2230

BTV: Round 1 | Team Selection

Essendon Senior Coach John Worsfold takes us through the team to take on the Hawks in Round 1.

March 23, 2017  6:20 PM





There are two train stations close to the MCG. 
Jolimont (otherwise known as MCG Station) is north of the ground and offers a five-minute stroll through Yarra Park to the ground. From any railway station in the central business district, take the Hurstbridge or Epping lines. 
The other station is Richmond on the south eastern side of the MCG. It's a slightly longer walk to the ground but you can walk past the Punt Road Oval to the Great Southern Stand side. To get to Richmond station from the city, take any train on the Lilydale, Belgrave, Alamein, Glen Waverley, Dandenong, Pakenham, Cranbourne, Frankston or Sandringham lines. 

Advice from Public Transport Victoria for MCG patrons.


Three tram routes provide access to the MCG.
No. 75 (City-Vermont South) travels along Flinders St and connects with the eastern suburbs via Wellington Parade. 
No. 48 (Docklands/City-North Balwyn) travels along Collins Street and connects with the eastern suburbs via Wellington Parade. Both these routes stop just outside the MCG.  
No. 70 (Docklands/City-Wattle Park) travels along Flinders Street then detours via Melbourne Park and the tram stop is a short walk across the footbridge to the ground.


The Bus route 246 is run by National Bus Company, which links La Trobe University with Elsternwick Station in a useful service for patrons from the northern and southern suburbs. The 246 stops in Punt Road, just a punt kick from the ground. 


Car parking is usually available at the MCG in Yarra Park on event days. This land is controlled by Melbourne Cricket Club and managed on event days by Care Park. 
Parking currently costs $10 per car.
View latest details about car park opening times.
Occasionally parts of Yarra Park are closed to save the grass after heavy rain. Street parking is very limited. 
Parking in high-rise parking buildings in the CBD is another option for MCG visitors.

CAMPAIGN: March to the G               
Essendon will mark a significant moment in the Club’s Comeback Story with a march to the MCG ahead of the round one blockbuster against Hawthorn. Members and fans will congregate at Birrarung Marr before descending on the MCG in unison. Club Legend Kevin Sheedy and a number of former players, including premiership players, will take part

CAMPAIGN: Dons T-Shirt Give Away                                    
Essendon will recognise the contribution of its members with a special giveaway at the round one blockbuster against Hawthorn. The Club will distribute 18,000 commemorative t-shirts to its reserved seat members ahead of the clash with the Hawks.

Show your True Colours with the brand new 2017 Apparel range! Shop anywhere around the ground or online via

Culinary Chairman’s Function – Olympic Room, Level 2 (MC- George Samios), Chef Adrian Richardson, along with other special guests including Paul Salmon, Terry Daniher, Kevin Sheedy and Dustin Fletcher

High Mark Members Room - Lindsay Hassett, Level 2- half time Q&A with Kevin Sheedy and Dustin Fletcher.

Past Players Function - Miller Room, Level 2- no official formalities

Essendonians Function - Harrison Room, Level 2- special guests include Paul Salmon and players.