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Music fans urged to plan their trip ahead of concerts at ANZ stadium - Sydney Olympic Park

Thursday, 09 March 2017 02:12:43 PM

Police are urging music fans to plan your trip and celebrate safely ahead of Adele Live 2017 at Sydney Olympic Park this weekend.

Around 190,000 people are expected to descend on ANZ Stadium over two nights, beginning tomorrow evening (Friday 10 March 2017) and again on Saturday (11 March 2017) for two Adele Live 2017 concerts.

A high-visibility policing operation involving General Duties officers from across the South West Metropolitan Region, assisted by specialist police, will be in place to ensure the safety and security of ticket-holders and event staff before, during, and after the performances.

Operation Commander, Superintendent Michael McLean, said police are focused on maintaining a fun, family-friendly atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.

“We’ve been working closely with event organisers and other stakeholders to ensure everyone enjoys Adele’s first performance in Sydney,” Supt McLean said.

“Local officers will be out and about over the two nights, focusing on crowd behaviour as well as road and pedestrian safety.

“With tens of thousands of people expected to make their way to Sydney Olympic Park this weekend, we urge fans to be patient, look out for one another and make sure you arrive early,” Supt McLean said.

“It’s important you plan your trip ahead of time. Know how you’re getting to the concert, what section of the stadium you’re making your way to on arrival, and how you’re making your way home.”

Given the significant crowds, ticket-holders are urged to leave the car at home and utilise the many public transport services available.

“Heavy traffic is expected, and car spaces will be limited so music fans are urged to leave the car at home and use public transport services,” Supt McLean said.

“Extra train and bus services will be scheduled for direct routes to Sydney Olympic Park in the lead up to and following the concerts each night.

“This is also an integrated ticketing event, which means the use of public transport is included in the price of your ticket,” Supt McLean said.

“Be sure to keep your ticket in a safe place for your journey home as you must have a valid ticket when travelling on public transport; it is valid until 4am the following day.

“You can access the ‘Trip Planner’ application online via www.transportnsw.info that includes all the latest train, bus and ferry timetables.”

Supt McLean reminded the community that public transport is there for everyone to use and to be respectful of other passengers.

“Officers from the Police Transport Command will be patrolling the network to ensure members of the public get to and from the precinct safely,” Supt McLean said.

“Those who engage in anti-social behaviour will be spoken to by police so make sure you keep an eye on your friends and take care of one another."

Those who must drive are reminded to expect significant delays and allow plenty of extra travel time.

“Visit the Sydney Olympic Park Authority to pre-book parking for the night. Spaces will fill quickly so ensure you do so in advance,” Supt McLean said.

“Drivers and pedestrians are reminded to be aware of their surrounding and take extra care when travelling through the area, especially at the end of the night as crowds make their way home.

“Pedestrians must also only cross the roadways at designated traffic control points.”