Melbourne considering move to MCG
11:48 AM Sat 21st Oct, 2006 - Admin
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MELBOURNE Victory moved another home game to Telstra Dome yesterday as club chairman Geoff Lord started eyeing the MCG as a possible venue for A-League finals.
Melbourne switched its November 26 clash against Newcastle Jets to the Dome, leaving just one more home fixture (versus New Zealand Knights on December 17) to be played at Olympic Park for this season.

"The fans have responded overwhelmingly to Telstra Dome," Victory chief executive Geoff Miles said. "We simply can't ignore the demand."

Football Federation Australia has also provisionally booked the Dome for finals matches from January 26 to February 18, but Geoff Lord is exploring the possibility of hiring the MCG.

"If we had the grand final happening tomorrow, we would attract between 50,000 and 60,000. It would be enormous to have it at the 'G," Lord said.

"The (Melbourne Victory) board met this week and discussed different options and the MCG is an option if we wanted to play finals in Melbourne."

Melbourne Victory has set new attendance records for domestic club soccer. Its past three matches at Telstra Dome are the top three attendance figures in the A-League (and far surpasses the old NSL crowds).

But the NZ game can't be moved from Olympic Park because Telstra Dome has a Robbie Williams concert that day.

The Dome has brought in its movable seats for tonight's Tri Nation rugby test between Australia and NZ to create a more intimate rectangular atmosphere, but Victory has ruled out following suit for its home games.

Article written by Peter Desira.
Source: Herald Sun
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