Free buses will be available to take ticket holders to the first rugby game at the new Christchurch Stadium.
Mayor Bob Parker says he is pleased that a joint effort by the Christchurch City Council, Environment Canterbury, Vbase and the Christchurch Stadium Trust, has ensured that free buses will be available for the first game at the new Christchurch Stadium. “The fun begins from 6pm and those coming by other transport need to leave home early and be ready to walk the last bit, just as they did at AMI stadium,” Mayor Parker says.
“Having the new stadium is another big step towards normality for Cantabrians, and we are really happy that the Crusaders v Cheetahs game on 24 March heralds the return of the Crusaders to Christchurch.”
By pre-selling CBS Arena and Addington Raceway parking and informing the public in advance, it is hoped to avoid congestion caused by more people than usual trying to park around the stadium and in surrounding streets.
Environment Canterbury Commissioner Rex Williams says rugby ticket holders will have free access to any Metro bus service between 5pm and 11pm on the day, provided that they show their ticket to the driver.
“To keep congestion to a minimum, we encourage people to use the Park n Ride facilities at Northwood Supa Centre, Merivale Mall, Eastgate, Cowles Stadium, Hornby Hub and Ferrymead Mitre 10.”
People could check the details and departure times of the additional bus services from Northwood Supa Centre, through Papanui to Merivale Mall to the game— and also from Beresford Street in New Brighton, via Pages Road, Cowles Stadium and Eastgate Shopping Centre to the game. All details are on www.metroinfo.co.nz or phone Metroinfo 366 8855.
The capacity for the Christchurch Stadium is 18,000 for a Super 15 rugby game and 25,000 for a test match – beyond anything that the CBS arena usually caters for. When CBS Arena is full for a concert (around 8000 people), there are significant delays on the surrounding roads, as cars try to access the car park.
The usual system of charging each car at entry contributes to clogging up surrounding roads, and would bring traffic to a standstill for an event of this size. Car parks have been pre-sold to season ticket holders and others, and the remaining car parking area will be used for buses on the night.
Jack Hinton Drive at Whiteleigh Avenue will be closed to all traffic, and Twigger Street will be used for buses, taxis and disabled access.