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AFL Anzac Day 2023

Your AFL Anzac Day 2023 experience starts here. AFL Anzac Day is an unforgettable sporting experience, no matter what team you support. Make a long weekend of it and stay in Melbourne to experience the sights and attractions before heading to your pre-game hospitality offsite or onsite at the MCG. Pre-game hospitality is the best way to warm up for the big match with gourmet food, drinks packages, special guests, entertainment and more. Onsite hospitality also includes half-time refreshments. After lunch, head to the MCG and to your reserved seat to witness almost 100,000 silent fans paying their respect to our fallen heroes during The Last Post. AFL Anzac Day is a fun experience for family, friends and colleagues and makes for a great gift for footy fans. No matter what team you support, the hospitality lunches are open to all and are hosted by Collingwood, Essendon or neutral at the MCG. If you’re interested in an AFL Anzac Day 2023 package, please join the waitlist to be notified when packages go on sale.

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Event overview

Commemorate our fallen heroes at the AFL Anzac Day blockbuster between Collingwood and Essendon at the MCG.

The annual AFL Anzac Day clash is the second biggest game of the AFL season (behind the Grand Final) and is always an unforgettable experience. Two of the biggest clubs in AFL put everything on the line to pay tribute to our fallen Anzacs.

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You can experience this moving AFL match and enjoy a glorious autumn weekend in Melbourne with official hospitality, premium reserved tickets, hand-selected accommodation and optional travel services. With a hospitality package, you can make the most of this unforgettable celebration; choose from offsite or onsite facilities hosted by Collingwood, Essendon or neutral. Enjoy gourmet food, drinks, entertainment, pre-game talk and special guests before heading to your premium reserved seat at the MCG where close to 100,000 fans will gather to pay their respects and enjoy AFLs biggest home and away game.

This is not just a match for Collingwood and Essendon fans, it’s a match for all to enjoy and a truly unique experience not to be missed.

Packages including official hospitality and tickets will be available soon. Join the waitlist now and be first to know once they’re live.

We look forward to welcoming you to the mighty MCG in April 2023.

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Event details

Travel tips

  • Hospitality always sells out. Book early and in one booking with your group to ensure you don’t miss out on your preferred hospitality option, space is limited.
  • Make a weekend of it and stay for 3-nights to enjoy other AFL matches over the weekend and explore Melbourne.
  • All fans are welcome at all hospitality functions.
  • Dress codes apply for each function but footy jerseys and supporters gear like scarves and beanies is always welcome.

Fast facts

First inaugural match: 1995, the match ended in a draw with both teams scoring 111
2021 winner: Essendon 109-85
Most goals scored in a game: 9 (Sav Rocca of Collingwood)
Dual Anzac Medalists: James Hird and Scott Pendlebury (3)
Team with the most wins: Collingwood (15 wins of 25 matches)
Pre-game ceremony: approx. 2:40pm
Game start: 3:20pm

The event

The modern-day Anzac match was conceived in the mid-1990s by Essendon’s coach at the time, Kevin Sheedy. After serving two years in the Army himself, Sheedy considered the impact football had on Australians, and the role it could play in paying tribute to those who have served their country. Though AFL matches had previously been played on Anzac Day, the first modern-day Anzac match between Collingwood and Essendon (played in 1995) quickly became a highly-anticipated clash with thousands flocking to the MCG to watch on. With a whopping 94,825 fans in attendance, the crowd could be heard from more than 1 km away. This record-breaking attendance remains one of the highest attendances in AFL history.

The Anzac match has continued to grow in popularity throughout the years, with sell-out crowds attending each year. It is a day for Australians to celebrate the Anzac spirit and pay tribute to those who have served the nation.


Melbourne is the capital of Victoria and sits on the banks of the Yarra River. It’s home to many of Australia’s best-known landmarks including Melbourne Cricket Ground, NGV, and Royal Exhibition Building. It is also the birthplace of Australian Rules Football. Melbourne’s growth in the 1800s was largely due to the discovery of gold across Victoria in mid-1851; diggers rushed to Melbourne causing a large population growth and heightened wealth. With this came a need for public infrastructure; large public buildings were erected including Parliament House, the Melbourne Gaol, the State Library, Melbourne Town Hall, and St Patrick’s Cathedral.

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The city continued to boom throughout the late 1800s, with Melbourne quickly becoming the richest city in the world; the tramway system was built, large commercial buildings erected and coffee places and terrace houses were popping up everywhere. After World War II Melbourne expanded again due to immigration from southern Europe and the Mediterranean. Collins street became popular with boutique shops and open-air cafes, now locally known as The Paris End of Town. Melbourne today is known for its diverse culture, arts and music scene, incredible food and coffee, beautiful beachside towns and love of sports. Popular places to visit include the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Luna Park, Queen Victoria Market, and Melbourne Museum.


April is Autumn in Melbourne which means the days are getting cooler after summers heat. You can expect highs of 21°C and overnight lows of 12°C. Sunset is around 5.40pm, so we suggest dressing in layers, allowing you to enjoy the afternoon sun and keep warm as night approaches.

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