Celebrity tram announcements add to game day experience

19 August, 2016

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Footy fans travelling by tram to the MCG will hear some of the game's most recognisable voices making on-board passenger announcements for the rest of the 2016 season. 

Fox Footy hosts Jonathan Brown, Sandy Roberts, Anthony Hudson Dwayne Russell, Sarah Jones and Neroli Meadows have each lent their voices to Melbourne's iconic trams.

Yarra Trams has previously used Formula One ace Daniel Ricciardo and tennis legend Todd Woodbridge to make similar announcements for the Grand Prix and Australian Open.

Yarra Trams CEO, Nicolas Gindt said Melbourne's iconic trams play a crucial role in connecting fans to events at other Melbourne icons, such as the MCG, adding to the game day experience.

"Trams help to enable the visitor economy, providing services to more than 1,000 sporting and cultural events each year," Mr Gindt said.

"Melbourne is the events and tourism capital of Australia and no-one knows how to manage special events like we do.

"Celebrity announcements add something different and personal for people going to events, on top of our normal mobile, digital and on-board channels."

Trams play a key role in enabling Melbourne's major events calendar, including transporting more than one million people to events in the first quarter of 2016.

Fans attending the Australian Open and Formula One Grand Prix rely heavily on shuttle tram services from the CBD as part of a coordinated public transport service.

The high-capacity E-Class tram was given special permission to be used to carry fans to the 2015 AFL Grand Final, and will be used where possible for MCG games this year.

Each next generation E-Class tram has the capacity to transport up to 210 passengers and offers safety, passenger and accessibility benefits.

Extra trams to football games also operate on Routes 48 and 75, using Melbourne's biggest tram platform stop on Wellington Parade at Jolimont / MCG.

On game days, customer service employees assist passengers at major stops at the MCG, Melbourne Park and platform stops on Flinders Street.

For further information on services throughout the 2016 AFL season please call 1800 800 007 6am to midnight (all night Friday and Saturday) or refer to signage on the network.

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