Definitive Guide to Getting To and Enjoying The ANZAC Day AFL Clash

An annual tradition, the ANZAC Day Clash is an AFL match contested between Collingwood and Essendon. The event has been running since 1995 and will once again be played in front of a capacity ground at the MCG, under the Melbourne sunshine. In terms of popularity, the ANZAC Day match is only surpassed by the AFL finals, making it one of the most important and revered events on the Australian sporting calendar.

ANZAC Day Clash

A little bit of history

AFL is almost a religion in Australia, and Victoria particularly, however football was generally postponed if a match day fell on ANZAC Day. It was seen as a sign of respect to not play, but in the early 90s, then Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy turned the concept on its head, suggesting that it was a powerful way to honour the sacrifice and bravery of ANZAC soldiers. Football was often played in war zones where Australians served and seemed an appropriate way to commemorate April 25th.

The 2020 ANZAC Day Clash

Since 1995, Collingwood and Essendon have met 23 times in this fixture, with Collingwood holding the edge, leading Essendon by 13 victories to nine. There are several ANZAC Day ticket options available for people who want to witness the latest showdown, from premium AFL ticket packages that include food, drink and more, to the general entry tickets to simply enjoy the on-field action.

To get the most out of your trip to the MCG, make sure you arrive early. As one of the year’s most popular events, the ground will be filled to the rafters and getting people into the MCG will take time. Expect security to be increased, which may further delay you getting to your seat, so don’t bank on arriving five minutes before and getting to your seat for the centre bounce.

Getting there

Public transport

The MCG is a must-see destination in Melbourne, so naturally it is really easy to get to. The two main train stations that provide access to the ground are Jolimont for the Hurstbridge and Epping lines and Richmond for the south-eastern lines.

Additionally, there are three trams that will get you to the ground – 75, 48 and 70.

There is also a bus service, the 246, which will take you within a stone’s throw of the MCG.

Check PTV for train, tram and bus timetables.


The MCG’s proximity to the CBD itself means that it is also an easy 20-minute walk. There are several pedestrian bridges that will help you cross the Yarra River and the paths are well-maintained and clearly signposted.


Melbourne is a busy city with a comprehensive public transport network, so it is always advisable to avoid driving when possible and use the trains and trams. If driving is a must however, there is parking available nearby, with a short walk to the ground. There is parking available at the ground, however this fills quickly and can be closed at short notice if security requirements dictate.

Melbourne also has several taxi companies, such as 13CABS and Silver Top Taxi, as well as ride sharing services. Match day will be a peak travel time, so be sure to book your taxi well in advance. Look out for surge pricing if using UBER, as it can make it an expensive trip, regardless of how short it is.

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