MCC sur­vey asks mem­bers if booze rules should ease

Herald Sun - - NEWS - PETER ROLFE

MEM­BERS of the ex­clu­sive Mel­bourne Cricket Club have been sounded out about rule changes that would let them drink al­co­hol in the stands and dress more ca­su­ally.

Fans in the MCC Re­serve can drink full-strength al­co­hol at bars day and night, but are not al­lowed to take drinks to their seats at the MCG.

That could change with an MCC sur­vey this week seek­ing feed­back on whether mem­bers would like to con­sume al­co­hol out­side bars and eater­ies.

MCC mem­bers were quizzed on a range of po­ten­tial changes to tra­di­tion, in­clud­ing the way they ac­cessed the ground and what they had to wear.

Save The MCC spokesman David Mul­hol­land said a move to al­low mem­bers to drink in the seats would be sup­ported.

“While the MCC com­mit­tee en­joy a wine at their seats in their ex­clu­sive com­mit­tee room, mem­bers sit at their seats with no such lux­ury,” he said.

“Af­ter 20-plus years of wait­ing for a mem­ber­ship and pay­ing our dues each year, the MCC com­mit­tee don’t trust us to en­joy a beer or wine at our seats.”

The MCC also asked mem­bers if they wanted to change ac­cess to Grand Fi­nal tick­ets.

Mem­bers were asked if they would pre­fer in­creas­ing — or de­creas­ing — the num­ber of Grand Fi­nal tick­ets avail­able through a bal­lot in­stead.

MCC spokesman Shane Brown said mem­bers’ views had been sought on a num­ber of top­ics, but no im­me­di­ate changes had been de­cided.

“We of­ten can­vas and re­view mem­bers’ opin­ions on top­ics af­fect­ing the op­er­a­tion of the club,’’ he said.

“How­ever, it should not be in­ferred from a sur­vey that any par­tic­u­lar changes are un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.”

While the pub­lic can wear vir­tu­ally what they want to the MCG, MCC mem­bers and their guests have al­ways faced strict dress re­stric­tions, in­clud­ing col­lared shirts for men, no bare midriffs for women and no torn denim or track­suit pants.

Mem­bers’ views on those reg­u­la­tions were also sought.

There is presently a wait­inglist time of at least 18 years to join the MCC.

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