Auckland’s Eden Park has been busy preparing this week for the sell-out rugby union clash between the All Blacks and France.

Tomorrow’s (Saturday) game will be the first of three matches in the Steinlager Series, with the French national side visiting Eden Park for the first time since 2013.

However, they face a stern test, with the All Blacks having not lost at Eden Park for almost 24 years. Coincidentally, the last defeat was against France in 1994.

Ahead of the game, which will be watched by 45,000 supporters at the stadium, organisers have appealed to fans not to bring bags with them unless necessary, in order to help avoid delays when entering the stadium.

Fans are also being encouraged check their tickets beforehand so that they know which entrance to use at Eden Park.

In addition, organisers have said fans should consider using free trains and event day buses to travel to Eden Park to help avoid traffic issues around the venue.

Nick Sautner, chief executive of Eden Park, added: “It’s going to be an electric evening at New Zealand’s national stadium so we don’t want fans to miss a moment of the live action.

“Please allow extra time in your journey here to move through security checks and enjoy some of our broad food and beverage offerings.”

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