Free shuttles will again be operating for footy fans wanting to see the Super Rugby champion Chiefs play at Waikato Stadium this season.
Their Super Rugby campaign kicked off with a win against the Crusaders, and this Saturday (1 March) will be the first game ‘at home’ against the Highlanders. The Chiefs are scheduled to play six games at Waikato Stadium during the competition.
Avid rugby fans will also be able to hop on board the free shuttles to the stadium for the All Blacks match against England on Saturday 21 June, as well as the Warriors v Bulldogs NRL game on Sunday 18 May.
“Over the entire Super Rugby season last year the rugby shuttles transported more than 3200 people from the Hood Street bus stop and back again,” said Waikato Regional Council’s acting public transport programme manager, Ben Barlow.
“The shuttles provide an easy way for people to get from the city’s entertainment hub in time for kick-off, and the fans help to create a great, festive atmosphere on board the bus.
“Once the final whistle has been blown we get people into the CBD where they can celebrate what will hopefully be another very successful season for the Chiefs, as well as for the All Blacks and Warriors,” Mr Barlow said.
The regional council works with contractors Go Bus, as well as the Chiefs Rugby Club and Hamilton City Council to provide the free shuttles to relieve congestion around the park and provide a safe way for revellers to travel to the game.
The buses run for an hour before each game, and leave from Hood Street (outside the Knox Street carpark) every 15 minutes and will pick up people who signal them while waiting at any official bus stop on route.
Buses depart directly after the final whistle from Tristram Street, near the Mill Street intersection. They travel back to the CBD via Anglesea, Alexandra, Knox and Victoria streets. Drop offs will be made at any official bus stop.
People planning to use public transport to get to and from the games are encouraged to use BUSIT’s online journey planner and allow time to get to the stadium. Visit www.busit.co.nz for more information about the service and to plan your trip. Follow BUSIT on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BUSITWaikato.