Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is hopeful a crowd of at least 80,000 will be able to attend the Boxing Day Ashes Test at the MCG.
Melbourne residents this week celebrated coming out of a sixth lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
No city in the world has been locked down more than Melbourne, but further easing of restrictions have been mapped out by the Victorian government.
There is optimism that there will be a huge attendance when Australia do battle with England in the third Test in two months' time, provided vaccination rates continue to increase.
Andrews said on Sunday: "I want to see 80,000 plus people at the Boxing Day Test on day one, that's what I want to see.
"We are determined to deliver that. It won't be easy. I think selling the tickets will be pretty easy."
A crowd of 78,113 for the Anzac Day AFL match last April was the biggest at the MCG, which can hold in excess of 100,000 people, since the start of the pandemic.