Chance to win Nines tickets
The countdown is on to the biggest sporting event of the summer – the NRL Auckland Nines at Eden Park on February 15 and 16.
Auckland Transport, in association with Suburban Newspapers, publisher of the Central Leader, has 50 double tickets to the weekend extravaganza to give away.
Rugby league identity Sir Peter Leitch says the event is going to be huge.
‘‘Thirty-one games over one weekend, what a ripper.’’
All 16 NRL clubs will be competing with more than 250 star players taking part.
‘‘Auckland has never seen anything like this,’’ Sir Peter says.
Players like Sam Thaiday from the Brisbane Broncos are also looking forward to the weekend and meeting fans in the leadup to the event.
The tournament is on one of the busiest weekends of the year, and Sir Peter and Sam recommend public transport as the best way to get to Eden Park.
Pre-purchased ticket holders, and winners of our double passes, can travel on a special event bus or train from around Auckland.
Special event buses to Eden Park will be provided for fans travelling from the North Shore.
These buses will operate along the Northern Busway, departing from Albany.
Buses will also be departing from Takapuna, Manukau, Botany, Pakuranga, Newmarket, Mt Eden and the central city.
Travel by train is also included with a game ticket. Free travel starts two hours before kickoff and the Kingsland and Morningside stations are just a few minutes’ walk from Eden Park.
Streets around Eden Park, including Sandringham Rd, will be closed or have restricted access and parking. It is recommended travel early to avoid delays.
Go public: Sir Peter Leitch, his grandson Reuben and league star Sam Thaiday recommend public transport for fans looking forward to the NRL Auckland Nines.