The MCG is set to ban on-site parking at big events as part of a new plan to cock-block any potential terror attacks.
As the BBC reports, security at Australia’s biggest stadium is getting beefed up in a bid to reduce the likelihood of any vehicular attacks, similar to the two separate horrific incidents we saw take place in Melbourne’s CBD last year, killing a total of seven people.
“Ongoing events both around the world and closer to home clearly demonstrate that we need to minimise the risk of interactions between vehicles and pedestrians, especially in crowded places such as outside the MCG,” stadium board chief executive Stuart Fox said in a statement.
The ban on on-site parking at the G was tested during the fourth Ashes Test back in December of last year, and will now be rolled out to include big ticket sporting and entertainment events at the venue.
Drivers will still be able to park outside the grounds for smaller events, but they’ll face tighter restrictions than in the past.
The VIC government has confirmed to the BBC that extra public transport services will run during big events as well, and as always they’re urging spectators to take public transport to the stadium wherever possible.
There are no major music events scheduled at the venue in the near future, but Guns N’ Roses famously played there last year on the Australian leg of their Not In This Lifetime reunion tour.