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Cape Town Sevens | What you HAVE to know

News24
11 Dec 2019, 22:14 GMT+10

Cape Town - Cape Town is abuzz with Sevens action this week in the build-up to the highly-anticipated fifth instalment of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens, the second tournament on the 2019/20 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

If you're attending the event, make sure you know all the ins and outs of what will be happening on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

IS IT SOLD OUT?

Limited tickets are still available for Friday and Saturday - from Computicket (online and outlets). Click here for more information.

TICKET COLLECTION

Attendees are encouraged to collect their tickets from Computicket outlets before the day of the event.

NO pass-outs between games will be permitted at the stadium on the day.

KIDDIES VILLAGE

SA Rugby's Kiddies Village - situated on the podium behind the family stand - will be running from 10:00 to 18:00 on Saturday and Sunday (not Friday). Entrance is free for all children between the ages of two up to and including 12.

NEED CASH?

ATM machines will be stationed on the stadium concourse.

FOOD AND BEVERAGES

The following and more will be available to supporters:

Castle Lager and Castle Free beer gardens

Simba chips

J&M Biltong

Steers

Vida-E

Various other snacks, meals, cold and hot drinks

MERCHANDISE

There will be two retail stalls selling Cape Town Sevens rugby merchandise - situated inside the concourse area.

NOT ALLOWED INSIDE THE STADIUM

Any food or beverages bought outside (including bottled water)

Any musical instruments (such as vuvuzelas)

Any illegal substances

Fire arms and other weapons

Fire works

Umbrellas

GENERAL INFORMATION

Gates open at 12:00 on Friday, 08:00 on Saturday and 09:00 on Sunday

Day 1 - first pool match kicks off at 14:00 (Australia women v England women) and the last match at 20:03 (Blitzboks v Japan)

Day 2 - first pool match kicks off at 08:45 (Australia women v Ireland women) and the last match at 20:03 (Blitzboks v USA)

Day 3 - first knock-out match kicks off at 09:50. The Cup final (men) will start at 18:56, followed by the trophy presentation

What time do the Blitzboks play on Friday and Saturday?

Friday against Japan - 20:03

Saturday against Fiji - 13:51

Saturday against USA - 20:03

What time do the Imbokodo play on Friday and Saturday?

Friday against New Zealand - 15:50

Saturday against Russia - 10:13

Saturday against Fiji - 16:03

What other entertainment can we expect?

YoungstaCPT

Ryan the DJ

Freddie Mercury Tribute Act

Belinda Davids

Early B

Big Boys

StreetStylers Dance Crew

And a few special surprises...

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Event ticket holders are encouraged to:

Use public transport to the Civic Centre or Thibaut bus station and either catch the free event shuttle to the Stadium or use the Fan Walk

Use the free on-street parking in the CBD after 13h00 on Saturday and all day Sunday, but note that no security will be arranged

Use off-street parking at the CTICC, Ryk Tulbagh Square, Picbel Parkade, Plein Park, etc. and use the event shuttle or Fan Walk

Use pay parking in the CBD

Park at the V&A Waterfront and walk to the Stadium.

Metrorail Services:

Metrorail services to and from Cape Town will run as normal and passengers will be required to be in possession of a valid train ticket

Train schedules and related information are available from the 24/7 Transport Information Centre's toll-free number 0800 65 64 63 and www.capemetrorail.co.za

No special train services will be available after the event ends on all three days. Normal services end from 17:30

MyCiTi Services:

The standard hours of operation and fares will apply for all routes which end from 20:45 onwards

Passengers will be required to use the MyConnect card (loaded with sufficient value) to travel to the Civic Centre bus station. MyConnect cards can be purchased at selected MyCiTi stations or participating retailers. The 24/7 Transport Information Centre can be contacted on 0800 65 64 63 for more information.

CHARGES: Normal fees are applicable before and after the event for transport outlined above.

Event Shuttle (free on presentation of a valid event ticket):

From Civic Centre bus station in Hertzog Boulevard and Stadium (on all three days)

First bus leaves at 12:00 (Friday), 07:00 (Saturday) and 09:00 (Sunday), thereafter a bus leaves every 15 minutes or when full

This service will continue during the event

The last return bus leaves the Stadium bus station at 22:15 (Friday and Saturday) and 21:15 (Sunday)

From Thibaut Square station in Hans Strijdom Avenue and Stadium (on all three days)

First bus leaves at 12:00 (Friday), 07:00 (Saturday) and 09:00 (Sunday), thereafter a bus leaves every 15 minutes or when full

This service will continue during the event

The last return bus leaves the Stadium bus station at 22:00 (Friday and Saturday) and 21:00 (Sunday)

PARKING

Parking restrictions will be enforced in the residential areas adjacent to Cape Town Stadium from 08:00 to 22:00 on all three days, including on Main Road

Motorists are advised to obey the signage. Normal restrictions and charges apply to kerbside parking in the CBD for a weekday

On-street parking is available within the city centre, but no additional security will be provided

Parking tariffs will apply until 13:00 on Saturday, December 14, 2019, when on-street parking becomes free of charge

All-day off-street parking in the City Centre is available at CTICC, Ryk Tulbagh Square, Picbel Parkade, Plein Park, etc

Open parking on Main Road between Grove and Glengariff Streets (very limited).

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Dedicated parking has been allocated on DF Malan Drive for those attendees with disabilities who wish to use the Stadium shuttle. Only people with an official disability permit from the City will be allowed to park in this dedicated parking area

Ticket holders must formally request access to the parking bays dedicated to people with disabilities by sending an e-mail to Mingon van Rooyen (mingonv@sarugby.co.za)

Eventgoers will have to provide evidence that they are entitled to these parking bays by clearly displaying the Vehicle Access Permit (VAP) in full colour on their dashboard when entering the parking area (P5) on Vlei Road. Failure to display will result in access being denied

Enquiries regarding the limited parking within the stadium for people with disabilities can also be emailed to Mingon van Rooyen (mingonv@sarugby.co.za)

DROP-AND-GO

The quickest option is to drop and collect patrons in the CBD near the MyCiti Civic Station or Thibault Square Station, in DF Malan Drive opposite the Artscape Theatre or Jan Smuts Street, off Hertzog Boulevard

ROAD CLOSURES

Full or partial closures will be in place in the following roads near the Stadium for the duration of the event:

Granger Bay Blvd

Vlei Road

Fritz Sonnenberg Road

Stephan Way

Portswood Road

Fort Wynyard Street

Impact of road closures on Public Transport

Public transport services operating in the Green Point and CBD areas may be subject to localised deviations from 13:00 on Saturday, December 14 and 10:00 on Sunday, December 15, until 21:00 on both days. The affected scheduled services are listed below:

Golden Arrow service travelling through Green Point Area:

All services along Somerset/Main Road Green Point between Buitengracht and York Road will run along Helen Suzman Boulevard after 13:00 on Saturday and 10:00 on Sunday.

Golden Arrow service entering the CBD:

The Waterfront service (CBD bound) will operate via the CTICC, turning right into Heerengracht, stopping opposite Standard Bank, proceeding around the circle, back down Heerengracht and on to the Waterfront. The Waterfront/Sea Point service will continue to operate on its normal routes but may be subject to delays.

MyCiTi Waterfront service:

The normal scheduled service will not be free of charge

The service will stop at the Stadium bus station en route to the Waterfront and then will be rerouted from Helen Suzman Boulevard into Portswood Road, turning left into Beach Road and right at the traffic circle into Granger Bay Boulevard

Granger Bay bus station will be closed for this period while all other stops and services on the Gardens-Civic-Waterfront route will remain operational

Passengers may use the Waterfront (in Breakwater Lane), Stadium bus station and/or Buitengracht stops as alternatives to the Granger Bay bus station

On the return journey from the Waterfront, the bus will turn left into Beach Road, right into Portswood Road and left at Helen Suzman Boulevard to continue its normal route to the CBD.

PEDESTRIAN ROUTES

Pedestrian routes between the Stadium and:

City Centre via the Fan Walk (part of the road will be open to normal vehicular traffic and pedestrians are urged to use the sidewalk and dedicated lane to the underpass at Green Point Circle)

V&A Waterfront via Granger Bay Boulevard (pedestrians are urged to avoid Portswood Road as the pedestrian walkways along that route are restricted).

CYCLING

Attendees wishing to cycle to the stadium are encouraged to do so. Bicycle racks are located on the eastern (Waterfront) side of the elevated circle at the stadium. Cyclists must provide their own lock and chain as bicycles are left at own risk

Please remember the "ridesafe" motto and wear a helmet, have adequate lighting and wear reflective clothing (NB: motorcycle helmets are not allowed inside the stadium)

Due to the number of people using the Fan Walk, it is advised that cyclists coming from the CBD use the route through the V&A Waterfront or the back roads in De Waterkant to access the stadium.

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