The proposed zip line and roof walk project at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) has been canned following detailed research which concluded that the structural impact on the stadium and its associated costs “would greatly exceed initial forecasts”.
The concept was proposed in February last year, after the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) secured a $650,000 contribution from the Federal Government’s Tourism Demand Driver infrastructure program towards the project.
It was the MCC’s initial intention to construct and operate a cross-stadium zip line and roof walk experience for MCG visitors.
However in a statement, MCC said that “Extensive consideration of the MCG’s structure, the stadium’s heavy event schedule and safety imperatives has shown that it is not a viable option at this time.”
The decision was reached following significant consultation with engineering and design organisations, both in Australia and overseas.
Operating a standalone roof walk was also deemed not viable at this point in time, the group said.
“We remain committed to enhancing the MCG’s tourism offering, and will continue to explore opportunities to complement the existing MCG tour and National Sports Museum,” commented MCC CEO Stuart Fox.
The project was initially estimated to cost around $2.55 million and lure thousands of more visitors to Victoria every year.