Melbourne Cricket Ground – TBC, 2020
Are you ready to experience the ultimate stair climb?
2019 event complete. 2020 date advised in December 2019.
The MCG is one of the largest stadiums on the planet boasting a seating capacity of 100,024. That’s a lot of seats, which means a lot of stairs.
Climb your way up, down and around the MCG bays in this epic stair challenge. There will be rest stops (pick a seat!), drink stations and music playing to keep you focused and pumped. Get ready Melbourne!
There are course options for everyone regardless of your fitness – full course (7,600 steps), short course (2,200 steps) and Junior Stomp (1,900 steps). And for those who want to stomp until they drop – Stomp Unlimited is for you.
Choose your own start time when you register but be advised, early wave times fill quickly.
If you’re looking for something different for your next fitness challenge, something other than a fun run or bruising obstacle race, look no further than Stadium Stomp MCG.
We encourage all our participants to fundraise for charity. Choose a charity close to your heart and start fundraising today! Fundraising is not mandatory but a great way to make every step count.
Please ensure you have signed your e-waiver. If you registered and paid for yourself you would have done this as a matter of course as part of the process. If you were paid for by someone else you may not have signed. You can check this by logging into your Active Account.
Transferring registrations – If you can no longer attend it is possible to transfer your registration. Please check the FAQ’s page under REGISTRATION for instructions.
Gates will open at 6:45am. On arrival at the MCG, head towards Gate 1 near light tower 6. All event day action (registration, bib collection, warm up and marshalling, etc.) will be stationed within this area.
We recommend arriving at least 45 minutes prior to your wave time so you have plenty of time to collect your event bib and any pre-purchased merchandise, drop off your bag at bag drop, warm up and enjoy the Wellness Expo.
Transport & parking
Your best bet is public transport to the MCG. The MCG has a comprehensive guide to transport options that you can view here
TBC – Car parking may be available from 5:30am at Yarra Park at a cost of $10 per vehicle (cash only). Enter at Gate 3. If this is no longer an option due to poor weather in the lead up or on the day of the event we will advise via Twitter and Facebook.
Conditions of Entry
Due to the MCG’s enhanced security procedures every patron entering the venue is subject to a bag check and security check. Please ensure you adjust your arrival time accordingly. There are also certain items that are not permitted within the MCG. You can view a complete list of these items here.
Wave times commence from 7:45am with new waves every 15 minutes until 1:30pm. You will be released from the start line in smaller groups throughout each wave to ensure minimal congestion on the stairs.
Your bib number will indicate to us which wave time you should be in and our MC will be on loud speaker to call up each wave time to the marshalling area as required. Listen out for these.
Warm-up and marshalling
You will be called to marshal 15 minutes before your wave time. A limited number of stationary bikes will be available external to the marshalling area for you to warm up on and fitness trainers will conduct a fun, quick warm up routine for your wave before you stomp.
Marshalling in your correct wave will ensure the enjoyment of everyone on the day. Your bib numbers will advise us as to your correct wave time and they will need to be visible before you can enter the wave.
You’ll need ID or your registration confirmation email for collection. You can re-email your confirmation from your login dashboard.
Bibs and pre-paid merchandise will NOT be posted and will be available from Gate 1 (near light tower 6) at the below dates and times:
- Thursday prior 5:00pm – 7:00pm
- Friday prior 11:00am – 2:00pm
- Sunday (Event Day) – from 6:45am (Gates open)
Collecting a bib for a friend?
If you are collecting for a friend please have their e-ticket or a text message from them to show us that they approve or you collecting on their behalf. Please also ensure that they have signed their e-waiver. If in doubt please bring a paper signed copy of the waiver which can be downloaded.
Merchandise will be available to purchase (pending availability) at the pre-collection times and on the day. We recommend purchasing your merchandise when you register to ensure that you have a full range of sizes and styles available to you before they sell out.
A bag compound will be available free of charge. This will be located DOWNSTAIRS on level B1 inside Gate 1. Please collect your bib first as you’ll need the tear off from your bib for the bag compound.
Other event information
Event Time Limit
Stadium Stomp is not a timed event.
Participants will have until 2.5 hours after the last full course wave of the day to complete the full course. After this time, announcements will be made over the bowl mic and a member of the Stadium Stomp Operations team will direct any participants remaining on course to make their way down to the field of play to complete their finisher lap.
If there are minimal people on course and resources permit, consideration will be given by the Event Director to allow the participant(s) to continue in conjunction with either a Stadium Stomp volunteer or event staff member following them. NB. The course may be packed-down around participants as this process occurs.
If you feel you will take longer than 2.5 hours (average time is around 1:30hrs), we recommend registering for an early wave time.
Stadium Stomp will go ahead rain or shine, barring any inclement weather conditions that would put the safety of the participants at risk. In the event of inclement weather, modifications to the route may be made to ensure everyone’s safety. Car parking options may also change (see Transport and Parking)
Check www.facebook.com/stadiumstomp for updates in the event of bad weather.
Dress up to win
Don your favourite costume for a chance to win spot prizes on the day.
Stomp and Stay at Pullman Melbourne on the Park. Special Stomper rates apply. Just a short 3 minute walk from the MCG you can kick your day off right by enjoying the wonderful hospitality and a good night’s sleep at Pullman. Click here to find out more.
Stadium Stomp is not a timed event. No results will be posted.
Medallions will be awarded at the finish line to all participants that complete any of our course options.
Spectators will be allowed FREE entry to the MCG (subject to the MCG’s entry conditions) . A designated area is assigned for spectators inside Gate 1.
Recovery Zone and Massage
Free massage will be available for participants post-stomp within the players change rooms. Massage tables and therapists will be available on a first in best dressed basis.
Stadium Stomp merchandise is available for sale now through your dashboard and (pending availability) will be available for purchase at the event day expo. Look out for the stand. Cash and card welcome.
Event Day Expo
Participants, family and friends are welcome to wander through the Wellness Expo stands located inside Gate 1.
Official event photographs will be taken by Supersport Images on the course and at the finish line. These will be available to view or purchase post-event via their website. Participants will be emailed a link to their photos once these are available. Please allow 24-48 hours for these to become available.
The Hugh Trumble cafe near the marshalling area will be open to purchase food and beverages within the MCG. Coffee will be also be available to purchase via a coffee cart located inside Gate 1.
Pullman Hotel Melbourne on the Park, have a special $30 full buffet breakfast special for Stadium Stompers. Just show your bib or registration doc to claim the offer. Open ’til 11am.
National Sports Museum
The National Sports Museum (Gate 3) will be open from 10am until 5pm on event day; MCG tours will not be operating due to the event’s course.
About The Course
Course options available make this event open to all levels of fitness. There will be drink stations scattered throughout, music to keep you going and of course plenty of seats should you need a break.
Please note Stadium Stomp is a challenge not a race. This is not a timed event.
Full Course (12 yrs +) – Now with 300 more stairs
7600 stairs (up and down total): The course will take anywhere from 45 minutes up to 2+ hours to complete depending on your fitness level. Stomp all over the ‘G around the grandstands of level 1 and level 4 and parts of level 2.
Short Course (12 yrs +) – Now with 300 more stairs
2200 stairs (up and down total): The course will take around 25 minutes to complete. This course utilises the longer, shallower stairs of the lower level (level 1), with a short, steeper section on level 2 now included. This is considerably easier than the full course.
Junior Stomp (5-11 yrs)
1900 stairs (up and down total): For little stompers wanting to stomp with their parent(s) or guardian. We encourage health, fitness and movement in youngsters and think our junior course is just perfect using the shallower stairs on level 1 only. Junior only waves (last waves of the day) will ensure your little people aren’t over run by our older stompers.
*Each junior must be accompanied by a registered junior course adult ($39.95 full price) and one adult can accompany up to four Juniors.
Stomp Unlimited (12 yrs +)
As many stairs as you dare: Stomp your way around the full course as many times as you dare from the first wave time until the last. This category is not for the faint hearted and numbers are strictly limited. You will be required to finish the course in full and head back to the start line to commence your subsequent laps. Earn an additional finishers medal each lap.
As you finish
As a final thrilling finish to your epic stomp, you’ll complete a half lap of the boundary line before exiting down the player’s race. Please climb with care.
Water stations and toilets
Water stations will be scattered throughout the course with one station on level 1 and two stations on level 4 PLUS the finish line water station. Please be aware that toilets will be open at each water station on course and in the main concourse/Expo area but will be locked elsewhere.
Withdrawing during the event
If you are unable to complete the course for any reason, please alert a Volunteer or staff member who will determine the safest way to exit the course and escort you back to the starting area.
Medical assistance and first aid
Qualified medical staff will be located around the ground to assist with any medical issues that may arise. If you spot someone needing medical assistance, please get the attention of the nearest volunteer who will then alert medical staff. Volunteers will all be wearing high visibility vests so will be easy to spot on course.
What to watch out for
It’s a concrete jungle out there! The stadium is full of twists and turns. Stairs will vary in height, width, gradient and the number of stairs per aisle depending on where you are climbing.
If it’s raining take extra care.
Rest and take a seat if or when you need to. This is permitted anywhere along the course.
Make use of the handrails – They help stabilise and double as a great arm workout! If someone needs assistance, please alert a volunteer or staff member.
What will signing up give you?
- Be notified when tickets go on sale.
- Exclusive access to Stomp Pre-Sale and special offers.
- Never miss a major announcement.
- Don’t worry. We won’t constantly spam you.