Sydney Swans and GWS Giants supporters are encouraged to plan their travel to and from the Sydney Cricket Ground ahead of time for the Sydney Derby clash this Saturday 17 April.
With big crowds expected fans 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.
Nearby parking is available 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.
Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins said traffic is expected to be heavy on roads approaching the precinct ahead of the start of play on Saturday afternoon, and advises fans to remain patient and leave plenty of extra travel time to get to the game.
“SCG gates open at 2.35pm ahead of first bounce at 4.35pm so whether you’re driving in or catching transport, aim to arrive early and make a day of it so you’re not rushing to find your seat ahead of first bounce. Parking will fill up fast so get there early to secure a space.
Extra light rail and bus services will run frequently 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.
“A great way to avoid the queues for trams and buses between Central and Moore Park, is to consider walking. 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,” Mr Collins said.
“If you’re catching public transport, please plan your trip in advance and it is strongly encouraged 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”
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.
There’s planned weekend Sydney Trains trackwork on the T2 Inner West Line and changed stopping patterns on the T1 North Shore Line so plan ahead if you’re travelling by train.
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.
Drivers are reminded there’s also a Championships Race Day being held at Randwick Racecourse so traffic may be heavy throughout the day approaching the precinct with higher than usual volumes of taxis, rideshare and pedestrian activity in the area.
“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 Collins said.
People are 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 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.