AC/DC Fans Can Drink at Auckland Show After All
Contrary to the report we ran yesterday (Nov. 11), alcohol will not entirely be banned at AC/DC’s Dec. 15 concert at the Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. A clarification was issued today.
Voxy checked with the promoter and the stadium’s owner and they learned that alcohol will be sold inside the stadium. However, it will be prohibited in the area surrounding the stadium, including the nearby Auckland Zoo, for 24 hours beginning at 6AM on the day of the show. Fans caught consuming or possessing alcohol in the dry zone will be subject to a $250 fine.
At their board meeting earlier in the week, the Waitemata Local Board unanimously agreed to the ban when police expressed concern about the possibility of many concertgoers being intoxicated before and after the concert. Western Springs Stadium holds 55,000 people.
The ban has been implemented before at various Auckland venues, including an Eminem concert at Western Springs back in February. At the meeting, Senior Sergeant Antony Wilson wrote that such bans “significantly assisted in curbing alcohol-related harm and offending in public areas," while Inspector Gary Davey gave a presentation describing “the levels of intoxication and alcohol-related harm that was likely at this type of event.”
The Auckland date is the last stop for AC/DC on their Rock or Bust tour. Earlier today, they played the first of two nights at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre in Brisbane in their native Australia.
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