Footy fans are being reminded to plan ahead and stay vigilant to ensure everyone remains COVID-Safe during the second round of NRL finals.
More than 20,000 people attended games at ANZ Stadium and Penrith Stadium in week one of finals, and Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins thanks them for their commitment to staying COVID-Safe.
“Most people attending games adhered to the advice given and chose to drive and park. Those who caught public transport did so in a safe and respectful manner, keeping their distance and patience.” Mr Collins said.
With up to 23,000 people expected to attend the Sydney Roosters and Canberra Raiders final at the SCG and 15,000 expected at Bankwest Stadium for the Parramatta Eels and South Sydney Rabbitoh’s final, fans are being reminded to do the same.
“Supporters are reminded not to attend if they are feeling unwell, and to wear a mask when they are not sitting at their seat. This includes walking to and from designated seats, using stadium facilities and of course on public transport when getting to and from the venue,” Mr Collins said.
“We still require physical distancing on public transport, so we will be providing some extra services. There will be extra shuttle buses between Central and Moore Park before and after Friday night’s game at the SCG, as well as additional light rail services running between Moore Park and Central for an hour after the match.
“Bankwest stadium will see extra buses for crowds to return to the Hills district and Northwest after Saturday night’s final.”
“If you are able to, we urge you to drive, walk, cycle or catch a taxi or rideshare to see your team play in an effort to reduce numbers on public transport. Please abide by the road rules, pre-plan your parking and allow extra travel time,” Mr Collins said.
The best parking options for the SCG at Moore Park include the Entertainment Quarter multi-storey car park, grass car parks on Driver Avenue and Sydney Boys and Sydney Girls High School on Anzac Parade.
Bankwest Stadium parking options include Justice Precinct Car Park off Hunter Street, Eat Street Car Park and City Centre Car Parks off George Street and Riverbank Car Park off Phillip Street.
“If you must catch public transport make sure you plan ahead and please maintain physical distancing, sit or stand on green dot, practice good hygiene, use Opal and contactless payments where possible, and we strongly recommend wearing a mask,” Mr Collins said.
“You will likely encounter longer wait times, so please be patient. I advise our customers to use Trip Planner, download the Opal Travel App or a third party app to monitor bus, train, ferry and light rail timetables and to see if your mode of transport is at capacity.
“Enhanced cleaning continues across the entire public transport network, and we will be monitoring patronage and have staff at key locations across the network, with marshals out to help customers navigate busy interchanges.”
Ticket holders are advised to check their tickets for seating details and entry times.