The chief executive of Auckland’s Eden Park has warned fans of increased security measures for the rugby union New Zealand Lions Series taking place this month and into July.
The series will see the British and Irish Lions team play three Test matches against the All Blacks, as well as games against all five of New Zealand’s country’s Super Rugby franchises.
Eden Park is set to host three matches as part of the 2017 series, which is expected to generate NZ$26m (€16.6m/£14.5m/$18.7m) in GDP and 165,000 visitor nights for Auckland.
Guy Ngata, Eden Park’s chief executive, has highlighted some areas that fans should be aware of before attending.
“Security checks at the DHL New Zealand Lions Series may take longer than for normal rugby matches, so make sure you arrive early to make sure you don’t miss a second of the action,” Ngata said.
“There will be 100 per cent bag searches. To avoid delays, please don’t bring a bag unless necessary and plan to arrive early to assist with the security process.”
Ngata also added that public transport is the best way to get to Eden Park, as the cost is included in match tickets and special event bus and train services are provided. Furthermore, there is no public parking at the venue and very limited parking nearby.
“Speaking of match tickets, there will be gate specific entry to the stadium, so make sure you check your ticket and head to the correct gate,” he said.
The British and Irish Lions play Super Rugby club the Blues at Eden Park tomorrow (Wednesday) and then return to the stadium for Test matches on June 24 and July 8.
Eden Park will be hosting approximately 20,000 international and 14,000 domestic visitors, as well as local fans, throughout the competition.
“We’re aiming to make the live game experience the best it can be, starting with the Blues match this week,” Ngata added.
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