Fan trail al­co­hol free

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JU­LIAN RAETHEL

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.

‘‘I think it will be dif­fer­ent,’’ 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 onto 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.

Main photo: GETTY IMAGES

Cup-ready: Fans will want to see Black Caps opener Martin Gup­till en­ter­tain them with some big runs at Eden Park. Inset: Arch Hill Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man David Bat­ten has no is­sue with liquor bans along the fan trail.

Al­co­hol-free: The tem­po­rary liquor ban for the Cricket World Cup Fan Trail to Eden Park.

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