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  • Client

    Melbourne Cricket Club
  • Project Name

    Great Southern Stand Redevelopment
  • Location

    Melbourne, Victoria
  • Construction Start Date

    January 2012
  • Construction Completion

    November 2012

The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is a Victorian icon and a centrepiece of Australian sport.

In order to maintain the Great Southern Stand at a first-rate level, it underwent refurbishment, 20 years after it was first opened.

The upgrade of the Great Southern Stand was funded by the Victorian Government and the Melbourne Cricket Club, in order to improve patron experience across all four levels of the stand. Rutledge AV was commissioned for the supply, installation, and integration of audio-visual systems for the redevelopment of the MCG’s Great Southern Stand.

The refurbishment included upgrades to food and beverage areas, concourses and toilets, improved entry points, and updating function rooms and sports bars. Equipment installed includes brand new LCD displays, improved digital signage, wall-mounted touchscreen control panels, upgraded switchboards and loudspeakers, microphones, hearing loop amplifiers, lectern outlets and inputs, projectors and projection screens, ethernet wireless access points, and All-in-One HD Integrated Pan-Tilt Cameras.

Sports bars were constructed with several large video walls that allow live video streaming of the Games outside on the
ground. All meeting rooms had mutable LCDs and drop down projector and screens installed.


A focus of the project was the installation of Crestron gear enabling digital media switching into sports bars, meeting rooms, and function rooms.

Four 32 x 32 switches and two 16 x16 matrix switches were installed , allowing for the streaming of several separate inputs such as local presentations from laptop computers and live video, to be routed and viewed from all displays or a selection of displays in the rooms.

An upgrade to the back-of-house and concourse audio system was also undertaken to allow distribution of public paging and announcements. This also formed part of the evacuation system for the complete stadium.