MCG parking situation for Swift shows confuses Americans

End of Melbourne Era

More than 280,000 fans filtered into the MCG over three days to see Taylor Swift take the stage and many people overseas had the same question: where did everyone park their cars?

Australians are pretty used to seeing a packed MCG thanks to major sporting events like the AFL, but with the attention generated by Taylor Swift, the stadium was on the world stage this past weekend.

When Visit Melbourne shared a video from above the stadium to TikTok, remarking that the MCG was making history by hosting the biggest concert of the Eras Tour, many fans on social media were taking a peek and had one burning question — about parking.

The MCG did have parking available to ticketholders, but it had to be pre-booked and, to accomodate the Swifties going to the concert, the general public was barred from parking in Yarra Park.

However, many people most likely didn’t even consider driving to Swift’s show. Instead, they would have caught public transport.

To cater to the 90,000+ people going to the Eras Tour in Melbourne, extra train and tram services were offered over the three nights.

The MCG is near two train stations and there are plenty of tram stops around Yarra Park.

While Swift’s three-day leg in Melbourne was certainly an event for the ages, it’s not unusual for extra public transport options to be made available when a major event is taking place.

Why the confusion?

It appears many people who left comments on Visit Melbourne’s video asking where everyone parked were from places like America.

Sustainability expert John Pabon grew up in southern California and has lived all over the world, but now resides in Melbourne and happened to be catching public transport into the CBD on Saturday night along with plenty of Swifties.

“It doesn’t even make sense with the way things are set up, the way public transport is and the stress of trying to get out of there, it doesn’t even make sense to drive a car [to the MCG],” he said.

He has a rather bleak explanation as to why Americans are confused by the parking situation: about 100 years ago, the automobile lobby in the US suggested highways were more efficient than public transport.

With the exception of major cities like New York City or Boston, public transport infrastructure in the US isn’t great, so people are forced to drive cars, making so it a rather car-centric country, he told TND.

Broadly speaking, Europe is the opposite to the US, as cities were built before cars.

Pabon thinks Australia sits somewhere in the middle of the two and wouldn’t consider it to be car-centric and noted that he could easily get around the state of Victoria by train.

“I know people will whinge about it and say ‘oh, it’s tougher, it’s expensive’,” he said.

“Yeah, it is. It’s not perfect, but it’s far better than having to walk along a highway in Texas.”


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Taylor Swift’s jet apparently picking up boyfriend

Just hours after Swift arrived in Sydney on Monday, it appears her private jet is back in the air and her fans have some theories as to why.

Fans are theorising the jet is off to pick up her boyfriend Travis Kelce, who is back in the US.

It wouldn’t be too surprising if Kelce is coming to Australia to support Swift. His team the Kansas City Chiefs just won the Super Bowl and he would be free to spend a bit of time abroad.

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