Wellington organisers turn focus to the rugby
With the energy and excitement of the Hertz Sevens looming large in Wellington, tournament organisers have announced a range of tighter controls around fan behaviour in 2013.
The measures are designed to ensure that everyone enjoys the action, both on and off the field, at an event which is famous for its party-fuelled atmosphere.
For 2013 organisers will be tightening the policy on alcohol consumption, introducing wristbands for ticket holders who are 18 and over. Fans will only be able to drink at the stadium if they have a wristband and anyone caught smuggling alcohol into the event will lose their ticket for both days of the tournament.
Wristbands will be supplied as fans enter the stadium and for those under 25, appropriate identification will be required. This will be combined with the bag searches and increased assessment for intoxication.
Once inside, wristbands will be removed if patrons are displaying drunken behaviour or if they are an obvious nuisance. Patrons will also be removed from the stadium if they’re caught drinking without a wristband.
“We want everyone to have a great time, but be responsible. Wristbands will mean we can all keep an eye on those who are eligible to drink and ensure everyone is pacing themselves,” said Hertz Sevens General Manager, Steve Walters.
“We’re focused on making the entire experience even more enjoyable for everyone with non-stop world-class Sevens rugby and great entertainment, and with free water available throughout the tournament we can contribute further a safe drinking environment.”
With Wellington experiencing a heat wave, fans are also being advised to protect themselves from the sun as best as possible, and take on water.
“Nobody goes out expecting to end up in the back of an ambulance, but it’s the little things, like not eating enough or drinking enough water, that tend to ruin people's weekends,” said emergency medicine specialist Dr Paul Quigley.
Free water will again be available from water coolers on the concourse and from water boys and girls.
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