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Friday, February 23, 2024

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO’ – Springboks v Wales at Loftus Versfeld

Loftus Versfeld will be hosting the opening Castle Lager Incoming Series test match between the Springboks and Wales on Saturday, July 2.

This will be the first Springbok Test match in front of a crowd on home soil since being crowned World Cup champions in 2019.

For two years, sporting events were limited in hosting spectators at venues – from no spectators, to 2000, then 50% of the venue capacity, and now we are back to full capacity, with the Springboks versus Wales match being the first to host a capacity crowd.

For this reason, it is important that we remind ourselves of some important facets which will make the experience of attending a Test match a pleasant and worthwhile one, with as little glitches as possible.

ARRIVE AT LOFTUS EARLY
There is increased interest in the SA versus Wales match, and as such, there will be an increased number of spectators – possibly the biggest crowd we have seen in SA sports since 2019. This will result in increased traffic around the stadium and longer queues at the stadium gates.

For ease of entry, spectators are encouraged to arrive at the stadium early to avoid congestion closer to kick-off time.

Come and enjoy a beer in the Beer Garden and soak up the atmosphere.

Gates open at 13h00.

TICKET SALES
It is important to note that there will be no sale of tickets for the match at Loftus Versfeld on match-day. Spectators are encouraged to buy their tickets before match-day from the Loftus Versfeld ticket office or online at bulls.ticketpro.co.za.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
No vaccination certificates or negative Covid tests will be required from fans entering the stadium on match day.

BARS AT LOFTUS VERSFELD
Alcohol will be available for purchase at all bars at Loftus Versfeld. These include Blu Bar, Castle Corner, Up and Under Bar, The Trophy Room, Beer Garden on D-field, Trademarx.

ENTERTAINMENT
There will be plenty of entertainment on the day which includes a Beer Garden on the Loftus D-field, with live DJ’s and artists.

And a host of DJ’s and artist to entertain you at Trademarx before and after the match.

GAUTRAIN
Special Gautrain busses will operate between Hatfield Station and Loftus Versfeld, with commuters being dropped off and picked up in Orient Street, north of the stadium

Gautrain buses and trains will operate until normal operating times, which is 21h00

OTHER TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS
Uber & Bolt
There will be a dedicated drop-off and pick-up zone in Lynnwood Road, south of the stadium. Spectators are encouraged to utilize these services, as there is limited parking available around Loftus. Kirkness Road will be closed off.

Park and Ride
There will be a Park & Ride service available for supporters who prefer to park their vehicles off-site and get a lift directly to Loftus Versfeld and back to the designated parking pick-up points. Book your ride at www.parkandridesa.com

These pick-up points are:
• Montecasino
• Clearwater Mall
• East Rand Mall
• Menlyn Park
• Mall of Africa

[Submitted by Kevin Rademeyer]

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