Australian cricketers walk into MCG © Getty Images
Australian cricketers walk into MCG © Getty Images

The area around the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) might undergo a historic transformation according to a billion-dollar proposal in order to separate MCG from Melbourne Park. It includes the surged Richmond Station that connects to the MCG. One of the key reasons behind this transformation is a better connectivity to Richmond rail station after major events such as AFL matches, international cricket or the Australian Open. Currently, there are major crowd bottlenecks at the station, especially during a major event. According to the reports, the proposal has been sent to the government and implementation might see demolition of Etihad Stadium and a new stadium will be built near MCG. READ: Melbourne Cricket Ground: An enthralling first visit to the iconic arena

According to theguardian.com, Melbourne Cricket Club chief executive Stephen Gough told SEN radio, “We thrive on a reputation that the whole sports precinct around Olympic Park and ourselves is regarded so highly across the world. But to keep it there for the future is one of the challenges. So we’ve had a look at this and we’ve used a lot of people to craft a vision that might deal with a whole range of things – from safety, to access, parkland, fan engagement and potential for whatever might be required in the future.”

On the other hand, Australia’s Sports Minister John Eren is being optimistic about this plan but hasn’t ruled out its possibility. “We’re not ruling things in or ruling things out. We’re always keen to talk to all stakeholders in relation to what government can do and, clearly, it’s a very important area for us. The more ideas, the better. Bring them on … on occasions, our cheque comes out but we spend that money very carefully.”