If you have anything in common with the majority of Australians, then you’ve probably been waiting for the return of the football season since the final siren rung at last year’s Grand Final!

In the realm of sports and entertainment, you just can’t go past the footy.

The meat pies.

The cheer of the crowd.

The mud in the boots.

The ringing of the siren.

That shiny red footy sailing through the middle posts of your favourite team.

Aussie Rules Football holds a special place in the heart of us Aussies!

Now that you have those images running through your mind, we bet you can’t wait to visit the MCG and see your favourite players kick goals from impossible angles and distances!

Your favourite teams will be back on the footy oval very soon – round one is set to kick off in just a few short weeks!

So, who is playing at the MCG in round one? Who will Victorians be lucky enough to watch play our nation’s favourite sport in the first week?

And where are you planning on parking your car while you watch the first round?

Football fans cheering for their team.

Carlton vs. Richmond

  • Where: MCG
  • When: Thursday 21st March

In what’s now become tradition, these two teams yet again kick off the new season of footy.

For the first time since Carlton was established, the team will have joint captains: Patrick Cripps and Sam Docherty, while Richmond will be led by Trent Cotchin, who has captained the team since 2013.

Last year’s opening round saw Richmond defeat the Blues, 121 to 95, while the two teams never had the chance to face off during the rest of the season.

Did you know that this opening round was the highest attendance for a Round 1 match in VFL/AFL history?

After finishing last on the ladder in 2018 (and winning only two games), can Carlton kick off the new year with an upset win over the reigning minor premiers?

The odds say no, but when it comes to footy, you really never know!

More than 90,000 fans made their way to the MCG for this game, proving not only the strong fan base behind these two teams, but also that we really couldn’t wait for footy to return!

MCG parking

With that being said, 90,000 people equals a lot of cars. For this game in particular, gates 5, 6, and 7 at the ‘G will be closed.

Avoid the hassle of on-site MCG parking and instead choose Le Garage.

Located just a few minutes’ from the MCG by foot, you can enjoy easy access in and out of our Flinders Street parking garage, ensuring a swift exit following this huge match.

A crowd of victory for football fans

Collingwood vs. Geelong

Where: MCG

When: Friday 22nd March

Just 24 hours after the season opener, the MCG will welcome its second match of the season!

The boys in black and white put their boots back on the ground for the first time after their loss to the West Coast Eagles in the 2018 Grand Final.

Captaining the Pies this year is Scott Pendlebury who won the Norm Smith Medal back in 2010 during their Grand Final win against St Kilda (after the draw the previous week!).

Accompanying Pendlebury are well-known players Brodie Grundy, Taylor Adams, and Adam Treloar, all of whom made a name for themselves last year as stand out assets for the Magpies.

Leading the boys from Geelong this year will be a long time Geelong man, Joel Selwood.

Alongside Selwood in the Geelong leadership team will be fan favourite Patrick Dangerfield, accompanied by Harry Taylor and Zach Tuhoy.

Collingwood and Geelong last faced each other in round 8 of 2018 where Geelong lead the game for the majority of the match and went on to secure a 21-point win.

However, Collingwood did make it to the Grand Final last year where they gave West Coast a genuine scare, before the Eagles managed to clinch the flag by just five points!

The Pies vs. Cats game will certainly be one to watch.

Will the Magpies leave their failed premiership in the past? Can Geelong reaffirm their last win against Collingwood with another victory in round one?

We’ll find out soon!


Searching for affordable MCG parking?

Whether you’re travelling from Geelong to watch your beloved boys or simply want to travel in the comfort of your own car, Le Garage takes away the stress of MCG parking this footy season!

We’re proud to offer footy fans safe, convenient, and affordable parking near the MCG.

Book your parking online in advance to take advantage of our special discount rates and ensure the only thing that you need to worry about in round one is the score board!