Shane Warne memorial service live stream: How to watch the cricketing legend’s farewell from MCG Melbourne
Shane Warne, one of Melbourne’s biggest personalities, will receive one of the grandest farewells the city has ever seen.
Nearly four weeks after the Thailand cricketing legend died, a memorial service at the MCG on Wednesday will bring together up to 65,000 people.
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It will be a celebration like no other as celebrities and the Victorian public pay homage to a larger-than-life figure who transcended the sport.
With 50,000 seats already taken, an additional 10,000-15,000 tickets have been released to ensure it becomes one of the largest memorial services in Australian history.
An estimated 300,000 mourners turned out for General Sir John Monash’s farewell in 1931, while more than 100,000 lined the streets of Melbourne for the funeral of longtime Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies in 1978.
But this service will be as unique as Warne himself.
A number of international stars including Elton John, Chris Martin, Robbie Williams and Ed Sheeran will perform remotely, while Australian rocker Jon Stevens will lead a band playing some of Warne’s favorite INXS and Noiseworks songs.
Iconic Australians Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Kylie and Dannii Minogue, James Packer, Eric Bana, Greg Norman, as well as American surfing legend Kelly Slater, will also pay tribute to the country’s greatest cricketer after Don Bradman.
Great mate Aaron Hamill, who played 98 AFL games for Warne’s beloved St Kilda, is confident the dispatch will capture the spirit of the larrikin.
“He would be completely broken he missed it,” Hamill said.
“I know – that kind of shindig would suit him perfectly, especially in Melbourne.
“I know he would be really humbled, he would be really proud to get the recognition. He never looked for it but he would definitely be sitting up there, probably with a dart (cigarette) in his hand, and very grateful .
“He often talked about seizing the moment and the opportunity and there’s no fear inside. And that’s really how he tackled life.
Four of Australia’s five free-to-air TV networks will carry the service, while Fox Sports has dedicated four of its channels to airing Warne content ahead of the event.
Warne’s three children – Brooke, Summer and Jackson – his father Keith and brother Jason will also speak as the Shane Warne Stand, formerly known as the Great Southern Stand, is officially unveiled.
What time does the Shane Warne memorial start?
The two-hour event will begin at 7:00 p.m. AEDT.
It should run for about two hours.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and all guests must be seated by 6:45 p.m.
How to watch and live stream the service
Channel 7 will broadcast the event from the MCG, with free live streaming available on 7plus.
How to Get MCG Event Tickets
While fans and mourners picked up the initial allocation of 50,000 free tickets, another 15,000 were made available.
Tap here to secure your ticket through the Ticketek website.
All participants must be fully vaccinated and register upon arrival.
Additional Metro and Line V 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 chance of rain during the event.
Who is present?
The Warne family, who bid farewell to their father, brother and son at a private funeral on March 20, will deliver eulogies.
Up to 1,000 dignitaries will attend, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews will miss the event after testing positive for COVID-19, with caretaker Premier James Merlino taking his place.
Australian cricketers will be joined by international rivals who travel to Melbourne for the event.
Cricketers and Sports Stars
- Allan Frontier
- Mark Taylor
- Glenn McGrath
- Merv Hughes
- Michael Clarke
- Wasim Akram (Pakistan)
- Brian Lara (Caribbean)
- Nasser Hussain (England)
- Stephen Fleming (New Zealand)
- Ian Botham (England)
- Dermott Brereton (AFL)
- Aaron Hamill (AFL)
- Sam Newman (AFL)
- Greg Norman (golf)
- Kelly Slater (surfing)
- Glenn Robbins
- Eric Bana
- Russell Crowe
- Hugh Jackman
- Andy Lee
- Ray Martin
- Dannii Minogue
- Kylie Minogue
Some of the guests, including sisters Minogue, Crowe, Jackman, Bana, Norman and Slater will pay tribute to Warne.
Who else will appear?
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is due to appear on video, as are four great English singers.
“Elton John, Chris Martin, Robbie Williams and Ed Sheeran will sing songs dedicated to Shane Warne in his memory and on this special night,” McGuire said.
Martin’s Coldplay Song Fix you played as Warne’s coffin completed a lap of honor at his private funeral.
Jon Stevens is set to lead a band playing a mix of Warne’s favorite INXS and Noiseworks songs while Anthony Callea will also sing.
Watch Shane Warne’s memorial service live from the MCG on Channel 7 and 7plus from 7pm AEDT
– With PAA
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