Rugby fans urged to plan ahead for the Bledisloe Cup
29 October, 2020

With up to 40,000 people expected to attend the Bledisloe Cup at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 31 October, Rugby fans are being reminded to plan ahead and stay vigilant to ensure everyone remains COVID-Safe.

“While the Wallabies will be looking for revenge on home soil after a draw and a loss in New Zealand, our main aim is keeping customers safe, so we are ensuring there are plenty of safe and efficient options to get people to and from the big game,” Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins said.

“Supporters are reminded not to attend if they are feeling unwell, and to wear a mask when they are not sitting at their seat. This includes walking to and from designated seats, using stadium facilities and of course on public transport.

“If you are able to, we urge you to drive, walk, cycle or catch a taxi or rideshare with your group to see the Wallabies and All Blacks play in an effort to reduce numbers on public transport. Please abide by the road rules, pre-plan your parking and allow extra travel time,” Mr Collins said.

A discounted flat-rate of $20 for parking at Sydney Olympic Park will apply for the event. Casual parking will be very limited and subject to availability. It’s best to pre-book a parking space online before 11:59pm Friday 30 October.

Anyone who is planning on driving to watch the game at Olympic Park or remotely at other venues is reminded to stick to the speed limit, wear a seatbelt, and have a plan B if you plan on having a few drinks.

“If you must catch public transport make sure you plan ahead and please maintain physical distancing, sit or stand on a green dot, practise good hygiene, use Opal and contactless payments where possible, and we strongly recommend wearing a mask,” Mr Collins said.

“There will be extra public transport services to help you get there and back home again, but services will be busy, especially after the game so please be patient, plan ahead with Trip Planner, the Opal Travel App or a third party app and allow additional travel time,” Mr Collins said.

Express trains to Olympic Park will leave Central on Saturday regularly from 4pm, with return services running frequently after the game. From the west, services run regularly to Lidcombe where fans can change for shuttle trains direct to Olympic Park. Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses will also run on all routes with services to Olympic Park starting from around 3:30pm, with frequent return services running after the game.

“Enhanced cleaning continues across the entire public transport network, and we will be monitoring patronage and have staff at key locations across the network, with marshals out to help customers navigate busy interchanges.”

Gates open at 6pm so arrive early and allow plenty of time to get into the stadium and find your seats.

“We encourage fans to arrive early or leave later, and enjoy the array of food & beverage options open in the precinct for a pre-match meal or drink,” Mr Collins said.

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