Footy fans are being encouraged to plan ahead for this weekend’s Preliminary Final clash at The Gabba.
The Brisbane Lions will battle the Geelong Cats this Saturday 17 October in a bid to book their first Grand Final appearance since 2004.
The Gabba Manager Mark Zundans said significant traffic and transport adjustments were being made to accommodate an expected 30,000 person crowd.
“Footy fever has well and truly hit and we’re looking forward to hosting our biggest crowd of the season so far, but moving them through the venue safely and efficiently requires consideration and planning,” Mr Zundans said.
“On event day we’ll be closing a number of streets, including Vulture Street and Stanley Street, from around 2:30pm until 10pm, and there will be a number of other nearby streets with modified access as well,” he said.
“Gates open at 5:15pm, so we’re encouraging fans to make use of the free public transport included in their ticket, get to the precinct early and enjoy the local restaurants and pubs.
“There’ll also be 15-minute parking and drop off zones in local streets, so local residents and motorists who frequent the area are encouraged to jump on The Gabba locals page to see if changes affect them.”
Head of TransLink Matt Longland said 130 extra buses were being added to provide dedicated shuttle services to key areas.
“We’ll have dedicated shuttles from the City, Carindale, Eight Mile Plains and Chermside operating from 4.40pm and there will be plenty of services to get everyone to and from the game safely,” Mr Longland said.
“We’re encouraging patrons to use our journey planner to plan ahead, to ensure they get to the game with plenty of time, and know how they’re getting home.”
For game information, including information for residents visit www.thegabba.com.au.
For information about game day parking restrictions in the Gabba Traffic Area, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search ‘Gabba Traffic Area’.
For public transport information, visit the TransLink website at www.translink.com.au or contact the call centre on 13 12 30.