Melbourne has been confirmed as the sporting capital of the world for the last decade.
Image: Melbourne Cricket Ground and Sports Precinct
Melbourne was crowned number one at the SportBusiness Ultimate Sport City Awards, the longest-running rankings of the world's top sports hosts, lifting top spot from Berlin, London, New York and Sydney.
It's the fourth time Melbourne has taken out the title, with wins in 2006, 2008 and 2010. And the city also won the Best Venue category.
The Award caps ten years of hosting some of the world's most sought-after sporting events. Melbourne plays host to the Australian Open Grand Slam, the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, the MotoGP and a long list of other major events: including the:
- 2006 Commonwealth Games
- 2007 FINA World Swimming Championships
- 2010 UCI Road World Championships
- 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup
- 2015 AFC Asian Cup
And the future seems bright. Melbourne has also secured the return of the Presidents Cup, the World Cup of Golf, the International Champions Cup and a Socceroos' clash with Greece.
Our world-class sporting precinct is also incomparable, celebrating the iconic MCG, Etihad Stadium, AAMI Park, Melbourne Park and Hisense Arena.
Melbourne also presents loyal and passionate fans who join voice with visitors from all over the globe in making events a stunning success each week.
That is why European giants Liverpool and Real Madrid choose our capital and why Sydneysiders come to Victoria to see State of Origin matches played in front of 90,000 fans.