As the summer sun returns to shine over the city of Melbourne, the weather isn’t the only thing that heats up. Known as the sporting capital of Australia, Melbourne showcases the finest sporting events from both the international and domestic stage.
Whether it’s the sound of 100,000 cheering sports fans or grunts of tennis players echoing around Melbourne Park, these events put Melbourne on the global sporting map.
The Boxing Day Test
One of the grandest spectacles on the international sporting stage, cricket at the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne is an event that must be experienced for any visiting sports fan.
Located just a short walk from the heart of the Melbourne CBD, the world-famous Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) plays host to an event steeped in tradition and prestige. It is the premier event in the Australian cricket calendar as the best cricketing talent from around the world takes the field.
First played in 1950, the match was annually played on Boxing Day from 1980 after the rights were secured to begin a test match annually on the post-Christmas holiday at the MCG.
From the fierce and formidable West Indies fast bowling line-ups of the 80s to the Little Master himself, Sachin Tendulkar, the Boxing Day Test has featured some of the games finest and most entertaining players and some of the best cricket in history.
Australian champions like Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne have all succeeded on the hallowed turf of the MCG.
It is the prime location to view the best of Australian cricket and experience an atmosphere that can rarely be matched.
This year’s test match will feature Australia and their fierce rivals India. Currently the number one test side in the world, India are looking to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and capture a rare series victory on Australian soil.
With five scheduled days of top-class cricket from the 26 to the 30, be sure not to miss out on a grand experience of the Boxing Day Test.
The Australian Open
Entering its 107th year, the Australian Open is the first Grand Slam of the tennis calendar where the champions of the international game come to test their mettle against the top players of the world and the Australian summer heat.
Join the hundreds of thousands of fans that flock from Australia and around the globe to enjoy the show under the sun or under lights.
The Australian Open is about far more than simply tennis though. From enthusiastic tennis devotees, to music fans, connoisseurs of fine food and also families looking for an exciting experience, a day at the Australian Open offers something for everybody.
But this isn’t traditional tennis as you know it, with the Australian Open striving to be the most entertaining spectacle this summer through:
- Prize money increased to AUD $60.5 million
- 25-second serve clock for all main draw matches
- Electronic Review System on all 16 match courts
- Tie Break Tens at Margaret Court Arena on Wednesday 9 January
- High-profile practice matches to be held at Margaret Court Arena.
Running from January 14-27, you can enjoy the spectacle of grand slam tennis at Asia’s premier tennis event; the Australian Open.
Polo in the City
Polo was created roughly 2,500 years ago in Central Asia, as a way to train mounted cavalry and keep them fit. Its initial intention was not to be a spectator sport.
Over the years it spread thanks to the Silk Road across Middle East and Asia, including China where it gained in popularity during the Tang Dynasty. Polo also gained a foothold in India, where English tea-planters discovered and brought it back to Europe.
During its long history, the rules of polo are not the only thing to evolve. Players have created such spinoffs as elephant, yak and camel polo. Modern urban polo fanatics have taken to bicycles to express their love of the sport in the lack of availability of a good steed.
Land Rover Polo in the City is part of the Urban Polo circuit, holding the title of the largest national polo series in the world. Established in 2005, Polo in the City has cemented itself as an Australian market leader for the luxury and performance niche, in particular the area of hospitality.
Hosted in Albert Park, Polo in the City can offer an entertaining spectacle and VIP treatment for those who seek it. As a true celebration of polo, you can watch one of the world’s oldest and grandest sports on display in Melbourne this summer.
Taking place on 1 December, experience hospitality at its best at Polo in the City in Melbourne.
These events are world class and as such are prone to sell out quickly. Talk to your hosts at Melbourne Jet Base for their help in booking tickets to some of the world’s best sporting experiences.