With up to 40,000 people expected to attend State of Origin 2 at ANZ Stadium tomorrow, Wednesday November 11, fans are being reminded to consider their transport options and plan ahead.
“While the NSW blues will be looking for revenge on home soil after a loss in Adelaide, our main aim is keeping customers safe, so we are ensuring there are plenty of COVID safe and efficient options to get people to and from the big game,” Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins said.
“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.
“As this is the first big weeknight game, we are urging those who can to drive, walk, cycle or catch a taxi or rideshare with your group to see the Blues take on the Maroons. Please abide by the road rules, pre-plan your parking and allow extra travel time, as roads will be busy during the peak” Mr Collins said.
A discounted flat-rate of $20 for parking at Sydney Olympic Park will apply for the event. Casual parking will be very limited and subject to availability. It’s best to pre-book a parking space online before 11:59pm Tuesday November 10.
Anyone who is planning on driving to watch the game at Olympic Park or remotely at other venues is reminded to stick to the speed limit, wear a seatbelt, and have a plan B if you plan on having a few drinks.
Gates open from 6pm, with food and beverage options available throughout the precinct.
“Traffic is expected to be heavy around Sydney Olympic Park during the peak, so we encourage fans to arrive early, and enjoy the pre-match entertainment or a pre-match meal or drink,” Mr Collins said.
“If you must catch public transport make sure you plan ahead and please maintain physical distancing, sit or stand on a green dot, practise good hygiene, use Opal and contactless payments where possible, and wear a mask,” Mr Collins said.
“There will be extra public transport services to help you get there and back home again, but services will be busy, especially after the game so please be patient, plan ahead with Trip Planner, the Opal Travel App or a third party app and allow additional travel time,” Mr Collins said.
Express trains to Olympic Park will leave Central regularly from 4:40pm. Trains from the west will run regularly to Lidcombe where you can change for shuttle trains to Olympic Park. Some additional services from the west will also run direct to Olympic Park. After the game, frequent express trains will run back to Central and Blacktown until late.
Sydney Olympic Park Major Event buses will also be running on all routes with services starting from 3:40pm, with return services after full-time.
“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.”