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What is Sleep At The ’G?

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Sleep At The ’G is MCM’s flagship fundraising event that sees compassionate people come together in support of over 7,600 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 actually get to sleep at the MCG?

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Yes, for one night you’ll sleep at one of the world’s most famous stadiums. Funds raised from your one uncomfortable night sleeping at the MCG will go towards providing comfort and security for young people without a home.

When do registrations close?

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Registrations close at 11:59pm on Monday 13th May.

Why is homelessness an issue for young people?

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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, couch surfing and many others that leave them vulnerable to danger and risks. The longer homelessness lasts, the harder it is to rebuild a life.

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.

Where can I read the event Terms and Conditions?

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On our website, over here.

Is there an event program or guide to read?

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The Sleep At The ’G Sleepers Guide provides you all of the information you'll need to know if you're sleeping at the ’G.

Download Sleeper's Guide

Getting to the ’G

How do I get to Gate 2 at the MCG?

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Entry to Sleep At The ‘G will be via Gate 2 of the MCG. Gate 2 is just a short walk along the MCG concourse/Yarra Park from the corner of Jolimont Terrace and Jolimont Street, East Melbourne.

Have your ticket, bags and belongings ready for checking.

What public transport options are available?

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The best way to get to the MCG is by public transport. The MCG is serviced by the following:

  • Jolimont Train Station: Mernda and Hurstbridge lines.
  • Richmond Station is also nearby.
  • Tram: Stops 7C or 7B (Route 70), or Stops 10, 11 or 13 (Routes 75 or 48)

To plan your journey, visit

Once you have alighted the train or tram, head to the turnstiles at Gate 2 and have your ticket, bags and belongings ready for checking.

Is there a convenient drop-off location?

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The easiest drop-off location is the corner of Jolimont Terrace and Jolimont Street, East Melbourne.

Gate 2 is then just a short walk along the MCG concourse/Yarra Park. Have your ticket, bags and belongings ready for checking.

Will there be any parking available?

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Limited car parking in Yarra Park will be open (dependent on weather conditions) from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday 16 May. Access is via Gate 3 (Wellington Parade South). 

Parking costs $10 (EFTPOS only), and all money is re-invested back into the park's upkeep. 

The car park will reopen on Friday morning at 5:30am for you to leave.

For alternative parking options, visit the MCG website.

The Event

What time does the event start?

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Gates will open at 5:00pm. The Welcome to Country and event commence at 6:30pm.

We recommend you arrive between 5:00pm - 6:00pm to allow ample time to enter, get your sleeping spot, get settled and head out to the stands for the official start of the event.

Gates will close at 8:00pm Thursday night and re-open at 5:30am Friday morning. Pass outs will be allowed.

What time does the event end?

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Gate 2 re-opens at 5:30am on the Friday morning after the event and you will be able to grab a breakfast snack and coffee on your way out.

How old must I be to attend?

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For safety and security reasons, all individuals must be 15 years or older on the day of the event.

Children between the ages of 15 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult parent or guardian at all times.

If I'm unable to attend for some reason, can I get a refund or transfer my ticket to someone else?

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As Sleep At The ’G is MCM’s flagship fundraising event, participants are not entitled to refunds of registration fees should their circumstances change and they cannot attend the event. Tickets are not transferrable.

Do we sleep on the MCG playing surface?

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No. Everyone will be directed to their sleeping area within the rooms and concourse areas of the stand. If you have a large team, you should get in as early as you can to increase your chances of securing a large space together.

Am I allowed to leave the MCG during the night?

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You can leave at any time, of course, but for security reasons you will not be allowed to come back inside without a pass out. You can leave through the turnstile near where you entered at Gate 2.

No passouts will be provided to anyone aged 15 to 17 years old unless accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

Is there security at the event?

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

The SECUREcorp brand stands for ‘Reliability, Integrity and Results’ so we are confident that our sleepers, volunteers and guests are in very good hands.

What security measures will be in place?

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MCG security will be scanning your entry ticket, and all patrons will be subject to security wanding prior to entering the stadium. All bags and belongings will be searched so you will need to adhere to MCG Conditions of entry.

Will my personal belongings be safe?

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This is a public gathering of many hundreds of people. No secure lockers will be available, so we can’t guarantee your belongings are safe if left unattended. Please take responsibility for your belongings at all times.

What should I bring with me?

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Ensure you bring the below items with you for easy access and an enjoyable night:

Your ticket - without it you can't enter.

Sleeping, camping, or yoga mat - if you want an extra layer of warmth to sleep on (only single sizes are permitted). We will not be providing any bedding.

Pillow – for a little extra comfort.

Sleeping bag/blankets – it's normally a chilly night, so you'll need to keep warm!

Warm clothing – Melbourne autumn nights can get cold. You won’t be out in the elements but you should bring some warm clothes. It's a perfect opportunity to wear that onesie.

Empty water bottle – we will have taps available so you can refill.

Snacks - have a good stash of your favourite sweet and salty snacks.

Games - card and board games, puzzle books and any similar activities you can enjoy playing with others.

Toiletries – while there are no showers, don’t forget your basic toiletries for your night away.

Will there be power/electricity facilities available?

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No power points are available, which means you won't be able to plug-in any mobile phone chargers or any other items of technology.

Can I charge my smartphone at the event?

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Please bring your phone fully charged and a self-sufficient charging source, like a portable phone charger (if you have one) because there are only a few charging stations available. It’s first come, first charged. Ask for the locations of these charging stations at the event.

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

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This is an alcohol free event. No alcohol may be brought into the venue. Glass containers, cans and knives are not permitted. These will be confiscated and you may be refused entry. Make sure you understand the MCG Conditions of Entry prior to arrival.

You CAN bring with you:

  • An empty re-usable drinking bottle to fill at the water stations inside
  • Any non-alcoholic drinks in sealed plastic bottles
  • Any food you wish to eat during the night, although there will be some food available.

As it is a night event, will we be given a dinner?

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You'll receive basic, nutritious soup-kitchen fare - the kind of food many people rely on when living on the streets. You'll have plenty of tea, coffee and water available too.

There will be a vegetarian soup option for dinner and a vegetarian roll for breakfast. Beyond this, we encourage you to bring your own meals and snacks if you have special dietary requirements.

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

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No. There are no showers available for public use.

Can I go on the MCG playing arena?

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Wouldn’t that be cool? We’d love to get the footy out for a bit of fun, but it’s just not on, sorry.

This is a serious condition of entry and any person attempting to access the arena, will be swiftly removed by security staff and possibly removed from the venue, and could be facing a hefty fine.

Can I bring my pet?

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No. As much as we love pets, they are not allowed at the event.

Is there a place where I can smoke or vape?

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The entire MCG external concourse is a smoke free zone. If you would like to smoke, you will need to exit the venue and walk to the perimeter edge of the external concourse (just into Yarra Park). You’ll need your entry pass to get out and back in. Ask someone from SECUREcorp on the night.

Under 18s

Can I bring my children who are under 18?

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Sleep At The ’G 2024 permits sleepers aged 15-17 years into the event with supervision from an adult parent or guardian at all times.

For safety and security reasons, all individuals must be 15 years or older on the day of the event, and there must be one parent or guardian per two children.

Youths and their legal guardians will receive a wristband upon entry, which must be worn for the full duration of the event.

All family ticket holders (including youths) will be able to sleep within the general areas, with their parent/legal guardian. There will also be a “Families only” area placed aside at the MCG for families.

We would like to bring our students to Sleep At The ‘G, is this possible?

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Due to safety and security, sleepers aged 15 to 17 years old cannot attend the event without the accompaniment of their parent or guardian.

We are grateful that schools are considering MCM Sleep At The ‘G as an event for their students. Whist we are unable to allow students at the event without their parent or guardian, there are other ways you and your school can get involved including hosting your own sleep out event. You can set up and register your own event here.


Is fundraising compulsory and is there a minimum I must raise?

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When you sign up, 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?

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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?

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Yes, all donations of $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?

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Yes, please see our resources and top fundraising tips section for some useful tools and ideas to help get you started!

COVID19 Safety

What COVID19 safety measures will be in place?

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MCM will conduct Sleep At The ’G in accordance with the current Government directions, orders and regulations at the time of the event.

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

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