Cape Town Sevens: What you NEED to know

Cape Town - Cape Town is abuzz with sevens rugby action this week in the build-up to the highly-anticipated fourth instalment of the Cape Town Sevens, the second tournament on the World Rugby Sevens Series.

If you’re attending the event, make sure you know all the ins and outs of what will be happening on Saturday and Sunday.

IS IT SOLD OUT?

Tickets are still available for Saturday’s play - mostly in the family stand (alcohol-free) - from Computicket (online and from outlets). A family of four can have an amazing day out for just R1 000.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Event ticket holders are encouraged to:

· Use public transport to the Civic Centre or Thibaut bus station and either catch the free event shuttle to the Stadium or use the Fan Walk.

· Use the free on-street parking in the CBD after 13:00 on Saturday and all day Sunday, but note that no security will be arranged.

· Use off-street parking at the CTICC, Ryk Tulbagh Square, Fountain Hotel, Picbel Parkade, Mandela Rhodes, Plein Park, etc. and use the event shuttle or Fan Walk.

· Use pay parking in the CBD.

· Park at the V&A Waterfront and walk to the Stadium.

Metrorail Services

· Metrorail services to and from Cape Town will run as normal and passengers will be required to be in possession of a valid train ticket.

· Train schedules and related information are available from the 24/7 Transport Information Centre’s toll-free number 0800 65 64 63 and www.capemetrorail.co.za.

· No special train services will be available after the event ends on both days. Normal services end from 17:30.

MyCiTi Services

· The standard hours of operation and fares will apply for all routes which end from 20:45 onwards.

· Passengers will be required to use the MyConnect card (loaded with sufficient value) to travel to the Civic Centre bus station. MyConnect cards can be purchased at selected MyCiTi stations or participating retailers. The 24/7 Transport Information Centre can be contacted on 0800 65 64 63 for more information.

·  Charges: Normal fees are applicable before and after the event for transport outlined above.

Event Shuttle (free on presentation of a valid event ticket)

Stadium Shuttle - from Civic Centre bus station in Hertzog Boulevard and Stadium (on both days)

· First bus leaves at 08:00, thereafter a bus leaves every 15 minutes or when full.

· This service will continue during the event.

· The last return bus leaves the Stadium bus station at 22:15

Stadium Shuttle - from Thibaut Square station in Hans Strijdom Avenue and Stadium (on both days)

· First bus leaves at 09:00, thereafter a bus leaves every 15 minutes or when full.

· This service will continue during the event.

· The last return bus leaves the Stadium bus station at 22:15

PARKING

· Parking restrictions will be enforced in the residential areas adjacent to Cape Town Stadium from 08:00 to 22:00 on both days, including on Main Road.

· Motorists are advised to obey the signage. Normal restrictions and charges apply to kerbside parking in the CBD for a weekday.

· On-street parking is available within the city centre but no additional security will be provided.

· Parking tariffs will apply until 13:00 on Saturday, December 8, 2018 when on-street parking becomes free of charge.

· All-day off-street parking in the City Centre is available at CTICC, Ryk Tulbagh Square, Fountain Hotel, Picbel Parkade, Mandela Rhodes, Plein Park, etc.

· Open parking on Main Road between Grove and Glengariff Streets (very limited)

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

·Dedicated parking has been allocated on DF Malan Drive for those attendees with disabilities who wish to use the Stadium shuttle. Only people with an official disability permit from the City will be allowed to park in this dedicated parking area.

· Ticket holders must formally request access to the parking bays dedicated to people with disabilities by sending an e-mail to shane.thomas@capetown.gov.za.

· Event goers will have to provide evidence that they are entitled to these parking bays by clearly displaying the Vehicle Access Permit (VAP) in full colour on their dashboard when entering the parking area (P5) on Vlei Road. Failure to display will result in access being denied.

· Enquiries regarding the limited parking within the stadium for people with disabilities can also be emailed to mingonv@sarugby.co.za.

· Parking for people with disabilities is issued at the discretion of the event organiser and is subject to availability.

DROP-AND-GO

Attendees may be dropped off and collected at the following appropriately signed locations:

· In DF Malan Drive opposite the Artscape Theatre or,

· In the embayment off Helen Suzman Blvd (city bound carriageway), between Vlei Road and the elevated traffic circle at Granger Bay Blvd.

· Taxi’s along Beach Road

CLOSED ROADS

Full or partial closures will be in place in the following roads near the Stadium:

· Granger Bay Blvd

· Vlei Road

· Fritz Sonnenberg Road

· Stephan Way

· Portswood Road

· Fort Wynyard Street

PEDESTRIAN ROUTES

Pedestrian routes between the Stadium and:

· City Centre via the Fan Walk (part of the road will be open to normal vehicular traffic and pedestrians are urged to use the sidewalk and dedicated lane to the underpass at Green Point Circle).

· V&A Waterfront via Granger Bay Boulevard (pedestrians are urged to avoid Portswood Road as the pedestrian walkways along that route are restricted).

CYCLING

· Attendees wishing to cycle to the stadium are encouraged to do so. Bicycle racks are located on the eastern (Waterfront) side of the elevated circle at the stadium. Cyclists must provide their own lock and chain as bicycles are left at own risk.

· Please remember the “ridesafe” motto and wear a helmet, have adequate lighting and wear reflective clothing (NB: motorcycle helmets are not allowed inside the stadium).

· Due to the number of people using the Fan Walk, it is advised that cyclists coming from the CBD use the route through the V&A Waterfront or the back roads in De Waterkant to access the stadium.

TICKET COLLECTION

· Attendees are encouraged to collect their tickets from Computicket outlets before the day of the event.

· No pass-outs between games will be permitted at the stadium on the day.

KIDDIES VILLAGE

SA Rugby’s Kiddies Village will be running from 10:00 to 18:00 on both days of the tournament. Entrance is free for all children between the ages of two up to and including 10.

CASH

ATM machines will be stationed on the stadium concourse.

MERCHANDISE

There will be two retail stalls selling Cape Town Sevens rugby merchandise - situated inside the concourse area.

NOT ALLOWED INSIDE THE STADIUM

· Any food or beverages bought outside

· Any musical instruments (such as vuvuzelas)

· Any illegal substances

· Firearms and other weapons

· Fireworks

· Umbrellas

GENERAL INFORMATION

· Gates open every morning at 09:00

· Day 1 - first pool match kicks off at 10:15 and the last match at 19:56, finishing at approximately 20:18

· Day 2 - first knock-out match kicks off at 10:36. The Cup final will start at 19:30

· Trophy presentation at approximately 20:00

What time do the Blitzboks play on Saturday?

· 12:27 against Samoa (match 7)

· 15:48 against Zimbabwe (match 15)

· 19:56 against New Zealand (match 24, final encounter of the day)

What other entertainment can we expect?

· Matthew Mole

· Emo Adams

· Tarryn Lamb

· Katlego Maboe

· Jarrad Rickets

· Ryan the DJ

· The Streetstylers

For all emergencies at the HSBC Cape Town 7s tournament please contact the emergency line on (021) 430 7389