If you are planning on visiting Australia during the winter months, watching a game of Australian Rules Football or A.F.L. should be high on any sport fans list or any traveller for the matter.
This past weekend I went to a game as I do most weekends, but this week thought why not think in the manner if I were an overseas traveller viewing this game for the first time, which has led me to writing this article to help you and pass on a few tips if you ever plan to see a game whilst visiting Australia.
The league is made up of 18 teams throughout Victoria (10), New South Wales (2), Queensland (2), Adelaide (2) and Western Australia (2.) Each game runs for approx. 3 hours broken down into 4 quarters of 20 minutes plus time on – which makes up for time occupied in stoppages, goals or behinds being kicked or when the umpire is setting the angle of a free kick or goal.So generally I like to get to a match roughly an hour before game time, this gives you a chance to find your seat and workout the closest toilet, bar and food vendor, however if you purchase a general admission ticket for some grounds it is recommended that you get there earlier to find the right seat for you. Being at the ground early enough will also give you the time to watch teams warm up and soak up the pre game atmosphere including a walk to the ground amongst the fans.
The game is fast paced and very exciting especially when taking in the game for the first time which may take it a little while for you to get your head around rules of the game and so forth but be sure to check out the link at the bottom of this page for a little insight. Now when it comes to food and drink its hard to go past the traditional pie and coke, but nowadays there is a vast variety of food and beverage available at games some grounds evening having red rooster or dominoes pizza available.
The best piece of advice I could give and you will see a lot of fans doing this if you watch a game live is to head to the toilet or food and drink vendors about 5 minutes before the siren to end a quarter. Most games will have an attendance on average of around the 40,000 mark with some even heading up towards the 60,000 mark and above, so heading to grab a refreshment or toilet break about 5 mins before the end of the quarter which will be about the 25 minute mark going by the scoreboards at the venue.
So on your next trip to Australia, if it’s during winter and you are a sporting fan or even if you are not, be sure to visit one of the many amazing sporting venues around Australia. My recommendation – the Melbourne Cricket Ground, this stadium as a capacity of over 100,000 and resembles the roman Colosseum.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxhqXzVBen4 (This is Australian Rules Football)

Published by Jackson Mahoney