The Wellington waterfront is getting ready for a big party as anticipation for tomorrow night's Bledisloe Cup match continues to build.
An indoor "fanzone" is being set up at Shed 6 and the TSB Arena by the harbour, ready to open at midday tomorrow.
The fanzone is an attempt to recapture the atmosphere of the Rugby World Cup two years ago, with a fan trail walkway from the waterfront to the Westpac Stadium also recreated.
From 5.30pm, drummers, dancers and musicians will line the route from the fan zone to the Stadium, just like during the World Cup. Flags designed by local schoolchildren will decorate both the trail and the fan zone.
X Factor contestant Maaka Fiso will perform, as will the Aussie Covers Band, and both the Bledisloe and Rugby Championship cups will be available for photos.
Organisers are asking people to leave their cars at home and use public transport or the fan trail to get to the game.
Thorndon Quay from the Hutt Rd/Tinakori Rd intersection will be closed from 5.30-10.30pm.
Featherston St from Thorndon Quay to Whitmore St and Mulgrave St from Aitken St to Thorndon Quay will be closed from 8.30am-10.30pm.
STARS TURN OUT FOR PRE-MATCH HOOPS
Rugby fans lined the footpath this morning waiting for their chance to shoot hoops with star players.
All Blacks Dan Carter, Israel Dagg, Aaron Smith and Sam Whitelock mingled with the public at a signing session at the Lambton Quay adidas store in Wellington.
A lucky group of school children met the players and had a casual game of shooting hoops.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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