Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Field of Women?
The Field of Women is a moving and powerful event presented by Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) every few years.
Previously held in Melbourne in 2014, 2010 and 2005, and in Sydney in 2007, the event features thousands of people standing together to represent the number of people who will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
When and where will it be held in 2018?
Field of Women 2018 will be held on the afternoon of Sunday, August 12 before the Round 21 Melbourne vs Sydney Swans match at the MCG in Melbourne.
Who can attend the Field of Women?
Everyone is invited to participate – men, women and children. We encourage you to bring along partners, friends, supporters and survivors.
You do not need to have breast cancer to participate. We are standing in support of all Australians affected by breast cancer.
What time does it start?
Field of Women 2018 will include a family festival that will be held outside the MCG in Yarra Park.
Activities will commence at 11 am.
Gift packs and merchandise will also be available for collection from 11 am.
MCG gates open at 12 pm for entry into the bays next to the field. Your ticket will show which gate to enter.
The Field of Women access to the arena will commence at 1.15pm. Please ensure you are on the ground by 1 pm.
Getting 18,000 people on and off the MCG takes considerable time and management. Once on the arena, the Field of Women ceremony will commence at 1.45pm and conclude at 2.05pm.
After the MCG is cleared of participants there will be a post-ceremony tribute concert. You may enjoy this from your General Admission seat that is included in your entry ticket.
General Admission seating areas will be advised in the event lead up, but are usually located in specific bays on Level 1 and Level 4.
After the concert, the football match between Melbourne Football Club and the Sydney Swans will commence at 3.20pm. Thanks to the Melbourne Football Club, your ticket also includes the GA seat for the entirety of this match. You are welcome to stay and enjoy this too.
Why are there 18,000 reasons to attend?
An estimated 18,235 Australians will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. Field of Women is a chance to support all Australians that have been affected by breast cancer.
A breast cancer diagnosis affects family, friends and can have a ripple effect on communities. Standing together in solidarity on the hallowed turf of the MCG is a powerful message to these Australians that they are not alone on this journey.
Can men be involved?
Yes, not only are men diagnosed with breast cancer but they are also an incredible source of support for women with breast cancer. It is estimated 148 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018 and there are many friends and family members, including husbands, brothers and sons part of imperative support networks.
We will have blue ponchos available to wear on the field to represent the number of Australian men who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. All event gift packs will automatically include a pink poncho. At previous events, many men chose to wear a pink poncho, so they could stand beside their wife, sister, mother or friend. If you would like to pick up a blue poncho for Field of Women please email – email@example.com to arrange.
Can I bring my child?
Yes, Field of Women 2018 is a family-friendly event and U15 Children’s tickets are free.
There will be family activities running outside the MCG in Yarra Park from 11 am on event day. Arrive early and join in all of the festivities on the day.
Please be aware that 18,000 people is a lot and small children may find the crowd a little overwhelming when on the field for the ceremony.
Ticketing and seating
How much does it cost to take part in the Field of Women?
Adult Tickets are $59 including GST. The cost of the ticket includes:
- a Field of Women backpack
- a Field of Women pink poncho
- a Field of Women commemorative keyring
- a Field of Women certificate of participation
- an exclusive offers booklet and product gifts from our event partners
- general admission seat ticket to the AFL match.
Children U15 are free. A child’s ticket will also include a Field of Women pink poncho.
If you have any special needs with mobility, please select the 'special needs access' ticket option to ensure we can assist you.
Patrons who require a companion ticket will be required to call Ticketek’s mobility booking line 1300 665 915. Designated disabled parking is via the Yarra Park Entry Gate 3 via Wellington Parade South.
Wheelchairs are allowed on to the grounds.
We can make arrangements with VicDeaf for an interpreter during the event. Should you require this or any other assistance, please contact BCNA via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I buy tickets?
You can buy them online through Breast Cancer Network Australia’s website www.bcna.org.au/fieldofwomen .
Tickets are online Ezytickets through Ticketek. A maximum of 20 tickets may be booked in each transaction.
For corporate packages and ticketing options please email – email@example.com
Can I buy a ticket on the day at the MCG?
If the event has not sold out, tickets will be on sale on the day.
If available, tickets are on-sale up until midnight on Saturday, August 11, 2018, prior to event day as well. Tickets are emailed to you instantly for you to print out.
Do I buy a ticket for the AFL game?
Your ticket to the Field of Women includes entry to the match and a seat for the game.
When do I get/pick up my tickets?
Your ticket will be emailed to you. If you do not have internet access then ask a friend or family member to assist you.
Is the ticket tax deductible?
In line with Australian Taxation Laws, your ticket fee is not a tax deduction. There is a donation option when booking your ticket. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Are the tickets transferrable?
Please refer to Ticketek’s policy on this.
Field of Women commemorative scarf orders
The Limited Edition Field of Women 2018 commemorative knitted scarf is available for pre-order when you purchase your Field of Women ticket. These may sell out prior to event day and we highly recommend you order at the time of ticket purchase.
If you have purchased a scarf, this will be available for pick up on the day, along with your backpack. You just need to show proof of purchase with your order confirmation to pick it up.
What happens if I have a different gate number to my family or friends?
You can scan in at any Field of Women open gate on the day. (Gate 1, 5, 6 or 7)
Gate numbers have been allocated to assist with the even dispersion of crowd numbers accessing the ground.
How do I get my Field of Women backpack included in my ticket price?
You will be able to collect your backpack from outside Gate 1 or between Gates 5-6 at the ground of the MCG from 11 am on event day.
How do I request a blue poncho?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
if you would like to request a blue poncho.
Can I purchase a poncho without attending?
Unfortunately, you cannot purchase a poncho without attending.
What should I wear?
Participants will only be allowed on to the ground if they have flat shoes (no high heels). Make sure you wear comfortable shoes.
We also encourage you to wear some pink! The pink poncho will create the solid sea of pink for our Field of Women Pink Lady formation, however we encourage you to dress up, have fun and get in the “pink spirit” of the day.
What is the best way to get there?
Public transport is the best way to get to the MCG.
If you are attending from a regional V/Line service location you can access FREE return travel to Melbourne for Field of Women. Please refer to our website full the full terms and conditions of this very special offer from V/Line. www.bcna.org.au/fieldofwomen
There are two train stations close to the MCG. Jolimont is north of the ground and offers a five-minute stroll through Yarra Park to the ground. From any railway station in the central business district, take the Hurstbridge or Epping lines.
The other station is Richmond on the south-eastern side of the MCG. It's a slightly longer walk to the ground but you can walk past the Punt Road Oval to the Great Southern Stand side which is best for Gate 5 and 6 entry.
To get to Richmond station from the city, take any train on the Lilydale, Belgrave, Alamein, Glen Waverley, Dandenong, Pakenham,Cranbourne, Frankston or Sandringham lines.
Three tram routes provide access to the MCG.
No. 75 (City-Vermont South) travels along Flinders St and connects with the eastern suburbs via Wellington Parade.
No. 48 (Docklands/City-North Balwyn) travels along Collins St and connects with the eastern suburbs via Wellington Parade. Both these routes stop just outside the MCG.
No. 70 (Docklands/City-Wattle Park) travels along Flinders St then detours via Melbourne Park and the tram stop is a short walk across the footbridge to the ground.
Taxis are available from the ground at the conclusion of each event or alternatively from the Pullman Hotel directly opposite the MCG near Jolimont station.
Otherwise, the venue is a pleasant 15-minute walk from the city.
COACH & BUS PARKING
For all bus / coach parking, please see a link below to the Melbourne Park bus parking which is available to book here.
Melbourne Park bus parking is adjacent to the MCG and has walkway access to the precinct.
It is recommended that bookings are made in advance as numbers are limited.
What if it rains?
Please come anyway! In extreme circumstances, we may not be able to access the ground but we will still go ahead with a version of the event and contingency plans will be in place.
What if I can’t attend at the last minute?
As part of the terms and conditions of ticket purchases, we are unable to provide a refund.
Can you recommend any accommodation near the venue?
BCNA has secured a number of travel and accommodation offers to support your attendance at Field of Women 2018. Please visit www.bcna.org.au/fieldofwomen to view these offers.
Can I volunteer at this event?
Yes – you are welcome to volunteer to help at this event. Please be aware that many of the volunteer roles occur outside the ground and will not be able to see or participate in the Field of Women.
To register for our list of volunteers please email FieldofWomen@bcna.org.au
What if I can’t be there at the MCG on Sunday, August 12?
We understand that many of you would love to be involved but can’t be there with us on the night. You can watch the event on TV (through Channel 7 and Fox Footy) and follow our updates on Breast Cancer Network Australia’s Facebook page or our @BCNAPinkLady Instagram page and Twitter feeds. If you would like to make a donation to Breast Cancer Network Australia in support of the event fundraising please go to www.bcna.org.au/donate-now
Where does the money raised go?
100% of proceeds from Field of Women tickets go towards supporting Breast Cancer Network Australia’s important work.
BCNA provides a wide and growing range of services to newly diagnosed Australians, survivors of breast cancer and Australians living with metastatic breast cancer.
All of BCNA’s resources and support services are provided free of charge including:
- a telephone helpline
- a range of high-quality print and digital resources
- an online community
- information forums around Australia
- post-surgery bras (with the assistance of Berlei)
- bilingual resources in six languages
- accessible resources for people with a disability or low English literacy
- and much more including volunteer led projects and representation.
To learn more about us and what we do, visit www.bcna.org.au