Cricket cup fan trail to be alcohol free
The Cricket World Cup Fan Trail will be completely alcohol-free as fans make their way to Eden Park.
The ground will host three pool games and a semifinal. Police and Waitemata Local Board have moved swiftly to place temporary liquor bans to plug the holes along Great North Rd and Bond St.
The measures will be in place for a 24-hour period around each game, starting on February 28 when the Black Caps play co-hosts Australia.
Waitemata Local Board chairman Shale Chambers says it’s common sense to fill the gap along the trail – just as a temporary measure.
‘‘It’s not a town centre and there is no alcohol problem ordinarily [in that area].
‘‘All liquor bans are subject to review at the moment.’’
There will be a slight change of route to that of the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The trail still starts at the waterfront but bypasses Myers Park and heads up to Great North Rd.
Chambers says he’s expecting a different atmosphere and drinkers may do less ‘‘pre-loading’’ due to the length of one-day cricket matches.
it will be
differ- ent,’’ Chambers says. ‘‘People are committing to a significant amount of time to go to a cricket match.’’
The temporary liquor ban has come at the request of the police, who have the power to issue instant $250 fines according to council bylaws.
Arch Hill Residents Association chairman David Batten is happy with the ban because it should prevent people from bringing alcohol into the suburban area.
‘‘We’ve had some minor alcohol-related issues – people short-cutting through [Arch Hill], littering and being loud.
‘‘It’s rare someone would act obnoxiously.
‘‘From our point of view we don’t have an issue with a liquor ban in the fan trail.
‘‘It’s a good thing for our community. People won’t have liquor on them to be consumed if they cut through.’’
Grey Lynn Neighbourhood Support area co-ordinator Soala Wilson says stamping out drunken behaviour is an unfortunate reality.
‘‘It kills the atmosphere ... it’s the irresponsible ones that ruin it.
‘‘These people aren’t going to take their bottles with them into the park – no, they’re going to throw them in someone’s garden.’’
National commander of police’s Cricket World Cup operation Sandra Mander son says the tournament will be the biggest global sporting event of 2015.
Police will be working with security staff to ensure a safe and secure environment at the match venues.
Under the Major Events Management Act 2007 there are increased penalties for pitch invaders. This includes propelling an object on to the field of play. Anyone invading the pitch at the Cricket World Cup could face imprisonment for a term up to three months or a fine up to $5000.
Cup-ready: Fans will want to see Black Caps opener Martin Guptill entertain them with some big runs at Eden Park.
Alcohol-free: The temporary liquor ban for the Cricket World Cup Fan Trail to Eden Park.