Booze ban for Guns N’ Roses night

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ELESHA EDMONDS

Guns N’ Roses fans won’t be able to get on the lash be­fore they go to see Slash at the rock band’s Auck­land con­cert next year.

A tem­po­rary liquor ban has been im­posed for a raft of streets sur­round­ing Western Springs Stadium where the rock leg­ends will per­form on Fe­bru­ary 4.

But Auck­land Sta­di­ums di­rec­tor Paul Nis­bet en­sured pun­ters that al­co­hol will still be avail­able for pur­chase in­side the stadium grounds.

A crowd of around 50,000 is ex­pected to at­tend the show as part of Guns N’ Roses’ Not in This Life­time tour.

Police raised their con­cerns about al­co­hol con­sump­tion be­fore and af­ter the show in a let­ter to Auck­land Coun­cil. The ban was sim­i­lar to one im­posed for AC/ DC’s con­cert at the same site in December last year.

Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board unan­i­mously agreed to the dry zone around the stadium and fur­ther ex­tended the ban to in­clude more streets. Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board also agreed to the ban at its meet­ing on Tues­day evening.

The tem­po­rary re­stric­tions will cover all of Western Springs Park and a loop of streets around the stadium and Auck­land Zoo.

The ban will op­er­ate for 24 hours from 6am on Fe­bru­ary 4 in the sur­round­ing area. Any­one caught with al­co­hol will be is­sued with a $250 fine

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Guns N’ Rose will per­form two New Zealand con­certs in Fe­bru­ary 2017.

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