More than 50,000 fans are expected to attend Shane Warne’s public memorial at the MCG on Wednesday night, with additional tickets released ahead of the event.
The cricket great will be farewelled by the public at his home ground, whose statue outside the ground became a shrine to the Victorian, nearly four weeks after his sudden death at the age of 52.
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Eddie McGuire will take on hosting duties, as he did at a private funeral in front of approximately 80 guests at St Kilda’s AFL headquarters on March 20.
“We started with a blank sheet of paper and it filled so quickly because the world wanted to come and pay tribute to Shane Warne,” McGuire said.
“He was a local boy who made good and gave to everybody everything that he had. It’s going to be a wonderful show, it’s going to be fitting for what we’re trying to achieve.
“We’d like to invite people to come because this is going to be just one of the greatest events in the history of the city, in this country, in many ways – a tribute to a champion.”
Warne’s family – including children Brooke, Jackson and Summer and father Keith – will attend and speak alongside a host of high-profile names from the sporting and entertainment worlds.
McGuire said Elton John, Chris Martin, Robbie Williams and Ed Sheeran will all perform songs for Warne.
But the big-ticket item is set to be saved for last, when the Great Southern Stand is unveiled as the renamed Shane Warne Stand at the conclusion of the event.
It was from that end that Warne bowled his Test hat-trick in 1994 and took his famous 700th wicket in 2006.
What time does the Shane Warne memorial start?
The service will start at 7pm and last approximately two hours.
Gates will open at 5.30pm, with all guests asked to be seated by 6.45pm.
How to watch and live stream the service
Channel 7 will air the event from the MCG, with a free live stream available on .
How to get tickets to the MCG event
With fans and mourners snapping up the initial allocation of 50,000 free tickets, a further 15,000 have been available.
via the Ticketek website.
All attendees must be fully vaccinated and check in on arrival.
Additional Metro and V-Line trains, as well as trams, will run, while paid parking will be available at Yarra Park.
7NEWS Melbourne meteorologist Jane Bunn reports there is a small risk of rain during the event.
Who is attending?
The Warne family, who farewelled their father, brother and son at a private funeral on March 20, will deliver eulogies.
Up to 1000 dignitaries will be in attendance, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews will miss the event after testing positive for COVID-19, with Acting Premier James Merlino taking his place.
Australian cricketers will be joined by international rivals who will fly into Melbourne for the event.
Cricketers and sport stars
Some of the guests, including the Minogue sisters, Crowe, Jackman, Bana, Norman and Slater will pay tribute to Warne.
Who else will appear?
Indian cricket great Sachin Tendulkar is to appear on video, as are four big-name English singers.
“Elton John, Chris Martin, Robbie Williams and Ed Sheeran will be singing dedicated songs to Shane Warne in his memory and for this particular night,” McGuire said.
Martin’s Coldplay song Fix You played as Warne’s coffin completed a lap of honour at his private funeral.
Jon Stevens is set to front a band playing a medley of Warne’s favourite INXS and Noiseworks songs while Anthony Callea will also sing.
Watch the Shane Warne memorial service live from the MCG on Channel 7 and 7plus from 7pm AEDT