Thousands of AFL supporters are expected to cheer on the Sydney Swans in their first home game of the 2021 season at the Sydney Cricket Ground this Saturday. Fans are urged to plan their travel to and from Moore Park ahead of time as public transport continues to run at COVID safe capacities to help maintain physical distancing across the network.
Match-goers should consider all travel options, including walking for shorter trips, driving with their groups and using rideshare or taxis as public transport services will be busy.
Transport for NSW Acting Chief Operations Officer Mark Hutchings said heavy traffic is expected on roads near the precinct, particularly around the start and end of play, and advises fans to remain patient and leave plenty of extra travel time.
“A great way to avoid long queues, especially for trams and buses between Central and Moore Park, is to arrive early so you’re not rushing to find your seat ahead of first bounce,” Mr Hutchings said.
“Parking will fill up fast so get there early to secure a space. There are plenty of local venues to enjoy before the match and many are conveniently located along the 25-minute walking route from Central to Moore Park.
“If you have to catch public transport, please plan your trip in advance and remember, it is still mandatory this weekend to wear a mask when travelling on services. Don’t forget to tap on and off services using an Opal card or contactless card/device and register your details to help with contact tracing.”
SCG gates open at 11.45am with the Sydney Swans taking on the Adelaide Crows at 1.45pm before play finishes at around 4.25pm.
Extra light rail and bus services will run but will be in high demand so fans should consider walking between Central Station and Moore Park via Devonshire Street and the Albert ‘Tibby’ Cotter Walkway.
Motorists are encouraged to use car parks at the Entertainment Quarter, the grass car parks on Driver Avenue and the Sydney Boys & Girls High parking site off Cleveland Street, which are all within short walking distance of the SCG.
If you’re catching rideshare or taxi, the best drop off areas are on Driver Avenue or Errol Flynn Boulevard. Alternatively, consider dropping off on nearby local roads and continuing on-foot to avoid traffic delays.
Trains run regularly to Central where fans can walk or catch frequent light rail services to Moore Park leaving from Chalmers Street. Express shuttle buses will also run from Chalmers Street to Moore Park with return services running back to Central as well as Circular Quay after the game.
There will be a partial closure of the L2 Randwick and L3 Kingsford light rail lines between Central and Circular Quay for planned maintenance work on the weekend. Catch trains to Central to connect with light rail or shuttle buses to Moore Park.
There’s also planned weekend Sydney Trains trackwork on the T1 Western and T5 Cumberland Lines so plan ahead if you’re travelling from areas along these lines.
“Extra transport staff will be on the ground to help fans travel safely to and from the game – please listen to their advice and be patient, especially when leaving the match,” Mr Hutchings said.
Face masks will be handed out at both Central and Moore Park, but ticket holders should bring their own. People are also reminded to regularly clean their hands and carry hand sanitizer.
People feeling unwell or suffering even the mildest of symptoms of COVID-19, such as a runny nose or sore throat or fever, should not attend the footy but instead get tested as soon as possible.
For your nearest COVID testing clinic: please visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics.
For more information and to plan your trip, visit transportnsw.info. You can also check for service capacity using the Trip Planner at transportnsw.info, the Opal Travel app or a third party transport app.
For real-time traffic conditions, visit livetraffic.com.