FAQs

The Sleep At The ’G team is here to help.

Read our FAQs below and find answers to your questions.

General

What is Sleep At The ’G?

Sleep At The ’G is MCM’s flagship fundraising event that sees compassionate Victorians come together in support of thousands of young Victorians who are without a safe place to call home. It’s a fun event to raise money and awareness for a serious issue.

Do I sleep at the MCG?

Yes, for one night you’ll sleep at one of the world’s most famous stadiums. One night for you could change a whole lifetime for a young person.

What do we sleep on?

As part of the unique experience that is Sleep At The ’G, all participants will be provided a cardboard box to sleep on for the night. You are welcome to get inventive and use the box however you choose. However, only a limited number of boxes have been donated, so please only take one or two so that no one misses out.

Bring your markers and sharpies so you can get creative too! No spray cans, thanks.

But please, it might be cold out there - don’t forget your bedding!

Why is homelessness an issue for young people?

Homelessness is usually a result of other forms of disadvantage building to a crisis. Family violence, abuse and mental health are the major drivers into homelessness for young people. But once they become homeless, they face even more dangerous situations; sleeping rough, in unsafe housing or couch surfing. The longer homelessness lasts, the harder it is to for a young person to rebuild their lives. Homelessness becomes a cycle – surviving from one day to the next.

Without the support of organisations like MCM, a young person can become further entrenched in long term-homelessness, increasing trauma and poverty, losing all hope of reaching their full potential.

We know that 50% of adults experiencing long-term homelessness were homeless as young people. Breaking this cycle is vital to give young people their best chance of a better life.

The event

What is the cost to attend?

$75 (includes entry, cardboard box to sleep on, dinner (soup), coffee, tea and a basic breakfast).

Start time?

Gate 2 of the MCG is open from 5PM and for security it closes at 8PM. That gives you a three-hour arrival window. Please arrive before 8PM.

Finish time?

Gate 2 re-opens at 5AM on the morning after the event, which is also when breakfast starts. All guests need to be out of the venue by 8AM.

Where can I read the Terms and Conditions of the event?

On our website, over here.

If I can’t attend for some reason, can I get a refund or transfer my ticket to someone else?

Participants are not entitled to refunds of registration fees should their circumstances change and they cannot attend the Event. Tickets are transferable to substitute participants if requested to MCM by contacting 1800 626 572 or email events@mcm.org.au a minimum of ten business days prior to the Event.

How old must I be to attend?

For safety and security reasons, all individuals must be 18 or older on the day of the event.

Can I bring my children who are under 18?

No. Unfortunately, this year we are only permitting sleepers 18 years and over into the event.

However, we do encourage you to organise your very own event/host your own sleepover in support of those with no place to call home.

What if I want to leave during the night?

You can leave at any time, of course, but for security reasons you will not be allowed to come back inside.

What security measures will be in place?

MCG security will be scanning your entry ticket, and all patrons will be subject to security wanding prior to entering the stadium. Whether you are arriving on foot or by car, all bags and belongings will be searched so you will need to adhere to MCG Conditions of entry.

What should I bring with me?

Please bring your own pillow and warm clothes, your favourite snacks, games, activities, a sleeping bag &/or a blanket.

Some people prefer to sleep on a yoga mat or camping mat, both of which are allowed.

Can we bring alcohol, drinks or other liquids into the MCG?

No alcohol may be brought into the venue. Glass containers and knives are not permitted.

You CAN bring with you:

  • An empty re-usable drinking bottle to fill at the water stations inside
  • Any food you wish to eat during the night, although there will be some food available

Will there be power/electricity facilities available?

No, sorry. Safety requirements call for current tests and tags. There just isn’t the electrical infrastructure for more than a thousand people using power. So, please don’t bring appliances that need a power source. If you can inflate it yourself or you’re using batteries, that’s fine. See the next question about phone charging.

What about phone charging?

Please bring your phone fully charged because there are only a few charging stations available. It’s first come, first charged!

If you have one, you can bring a self-sufficient charging source, like an external battery.

Will my personal belongings be safe?

Although we will have security at the venue, this is a public gathering so we can’t guarantee your stuff will be safe if it’s left unattended. Please take responsibility for your belongings at all times.

Is there security at the event?

Yes. The MCG’s venue security provider is SECUREcorp and they have generously supported Sleep At The ’G at every event.

Will there be provisions for special dietary needs at the event?

Catering for Sleep At The 'G is very basic, however, there will be vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. Please contact events@mcm.org.au if you have a dietary requirement not included above.

Can I take a morning shower before I leave the MCG?

Unfortunately not - you need to wait until you’re at home.

Can I get into the MCG playing arena?

No. Unfortunately, it is a serious condition of entry to steer clear and any person attempting to access the arena will be swiftly handled by security staff, removed from the venue and could be facing a hefty fine.

Can I bring my pet?

Sorry, no animals at the MCG except for guide dogs or assistance dogs. If you need this, please call 1800 626 572 or email events@mcm.org.au.

Is there a place where I can smoke?

Yes, there is a designated smoking area outside Gate 2. You’ll need to show your ticket to get out and back in. Ask someone from SECUREcorp on the night.

Getting to the MCG

How do I get to Gate 2 at the MCG?

The nearest street for vehicle access is Jolimont Terrace, Jolimont.

The nearest train station is Jolimont, then Richmond.

It is also possible to walk from Flinders Street Railway Station (1.3km) and the CBD.

Can I park at the MCG?

There's no public parking at the MCG as Yarra Park (MCG Event Day Parking area) is closed during Sleep At The 'G.

The best option is either park at Melbourne & Olympic Parks, walk to the venue or have a Taxi/Uber drop you off at Jolimont Terrace – 300 metre walk to Gate 2.

What's the nearest parking if I want to drive?

The nearest car park is Melbourne Olympic Parks Northern Carpark. Please check details at https://mopt.com.au/arriving-and-access/parking/.

We recommend you book online in advance at https://prebook.mopt.vic.gov.au/. Pre-booking your event day parking will save you 33% and will guarantee you a spot.

COVID19 Safety

What COVID safety measures will be in place?

See our COVID-19 Safety page for more information. Full details about our registered COVID-19 Safety plan will be available shortly before the event.

Fundraising

Is there a minimum amount I must raise?

When you register, you will create a personal fundraising page to inspire supporters and take online donations – securely. All participants are asked to actively fundraise but there is no minimum amount.

How can I fundraise?

If you've never done any fundraising before don't stress as we're here to help! See our top tips section for lots of helpful hints to get you on your way.

If someone makes a donation to me or my team via the website, will they receive a receipt?

Yes and all donations $2 or more are tax deductible. A receipt will be sent to their nominated email address immediately. Be sure to check all junk mail for their receipt if they haven’t received it. 

Do you have any resources to help me with my fundraising?

Yes, please see our resources section for some useful tools to help get you started!

Can’t find an answer to your question?

Contact the Sleep At The ’G Team via the form on our Contact Us page or call 1800 626 572.

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