Melbourne is known to be the ‘Sporting Capital Of The World’, and it’s not difficult to see why. With a wide variety of sports and global events that bring the city to a standstill, the population of Melbourne loves it’s sports and are very passionate about it.
When it comes to global sporting events, Melbourne has the Australian Open, the Melbourne Grand Prix, the cricket Boxing Day Test, the Moto GP and many more. Melbourne is also host to one of the richest horse races in the entire world, the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday of November. These sporting events bring the city together in a way that no other event can.
Aside from these high-profile global sporting events, Melbourne also boasts a wide variety of high-level national sports. Such as Australian Rules Football, which is the most popular sport in the city and indeed the country. Called the AFL (Australian Football League), it boasts 18 teams across the nation with the majority of them located in Melbourne. The sport is such a cultural mainstay in the city of Melbourne that it boasts an average attendance of 40,000 people per game with the Grand Final regularly getting 90,000-100,000 fans.
Melbourne is also home to one of the best rugby teams in the world, the Melbourne Storm. The city also has two Melbourne soccer team that compete in the A-League, the Melbourne Victory, and Melbourne City. Netball, basketball, hockey and many more sports are also featured in the city of Melbourne, and the passion of sports can be seen in almost every one of it’s citizens.
Melbourne also hosted the 1956 Olympic Games as well as the 2006 Commonwealth Games; the city has cemented itself as the sporting capital of the world, and it looks to stay that way for a long time to come.