Park security up
Some training sessions of visiting Rugby World Cup rugby teams at Porirua Park will be open to the public, Porirua City Council has confirmed.
The ground will be used by Fiji, Wales, Canada and USA from August 23 and during the tournament. Thus far Wales, Fiji and Canada have scheduled open training sessions at Porirua Park, but this is subject to change, a council spokesperson says. A public session for the USA team is still to be confirmed.
The teams will get exclusive use of the park between August 31 and October 9, and extensive privacy when required.
From August 23, additional security fencing will be installed and security guards posted at the grounds, says PCC Leisure Assets and Services manager Karyn Stillwell.
This means the Porirua Park Number One field and the two walkways behind the grandstand will be closed to the public.
‘‘ Like other councils, PCC
is closing this area to enable RNZ 2011 to provide heightened security at the park particularly during periods where teams are physically in residence at the grounds.
‘‘We also want to ensure that the field does not get any additional usage during the event.’’
Northern United Rugby Football Club will still have access to their nearby clubrooms.
Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett says the city is looking forward to rolling out the welcome mat to the visiting teams.
‘‘The quality of Porirua Park is second only in the region to the Wellington Stadium and we also have wet and dry facilities under one roof at Te Rauparaha Arena so the teams will have an all-round high performance training experience.’’