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The wait for meat pies is set to get shorter thanks to groundbreaking technology at the MCG

YOU'RE at the footy and you want a pie and a bottle of Diet Coke, but you don't want to queue up. Well now you're in luck. 

The MCG is set to use artificial intelligence, sensors and advanced algorithms to display live waiting times on screens around the stadium. 

The ground-breaking technology is in the process of being installed and is set to be unveiled in time for the finals. 

The stadium says it wants to provide patrons with transparency over queue times, allowing them to make informed decisions about where they go for their food and drinks. 

"Queue times are a major challenge for large venues such as the MCG - when you have thousands of people trying to place an order at peak times you are always going to have some level of delay," MCC chief executive Stuart Fox said.

"This system will not only help to inform MCG patrons about the expected wait time, but also show and direct them to other nearby outlets that they may not have previously considered, and which may result in a quicker service experience," he said.

The initial trial will cover the ground and basement levels in the public areas of the Great Southern Stand and Olympic Stand. 

It will be the first time the system from international technology company WaitTime has be implemented at a stadium in the southern hemisphere.

Below: An example of new information screens at the MCG showing food and drink wait times