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No fence for 2016

  • No fence for 2016

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 18: Fencing is seen around the Melbourne Cricket Ground perimeter on December 18, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. Fencing is being erected to provide a security measure ahead of the Boxing Day Test next week. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The MCC has announced further security changes ahead of the AFL season that begins next Thursday night.

In a statement released by the MCC, football fans are being urged to allow additional time to enter the stadium, all throughout the entire 2016 season

Security measures will include 100 per cent bag checks and random, continuous hand held metal detection of patrons before entre.

However, the fence that was trialed during the cricket season and the Big Bash league will not be in action with the MCC suggesting that "check points set back from the stadium remains a possible long-term solution and will continue to be discussed"

MCC CEO Stephen Gough said that the stadium operator continued to receive the best possible advice to make sure patrons are kept in a safe environment.

“The safety and security of MCG attendees and staff is our number one priority,” said Gough.

“While there is currently no localised threat to the MCG, the level of security to be applied in the AFL season will provide further comfort for patrons.

“We are continuing to investigate a hard perimeter set back from the stadium where these checks could take place.

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“The trial of the temporary fence during the cricket season revealed a number of logistical challenges, concerns with the robustness of the fencing solution and specific compliance matters that will need to be addressed as part of our investigations.” 

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan backed the words of Gough, saying he greatly appreciated the dedication the MCC put into making sure the patrons had a safe and enjoyable experience at the footy.

“The MCG is the spiritual home of our game and hosts our biggest matches year in and year out,” McLachlan said.

“The MCC is doing everything within its powers to ensure the safety of fans and we ask our fans to give themselves a bit of extra time when attending games to ensure their smooth entry into the ground.”

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