Temporary liquor ban for AC/DC concert
AC/DC fans will have to be careful with the booze before the legendary rock band's concert in December.
Waitemata Local Board voted unanimously in support of a temporary liquor ban, at their board meeting on November 10.
Board chairman Shale Chambers says even though many of the concert-goers could well be in their 60s, the police are concerned about alcohol consumption before and after the concert.
Senior Sergeant Antony Wilson wrote a letter to Stephen Town, chief executive of Auckland Council, requesting the dry zone around Western Springs Stadium.
He states that temporary liquor bans have "significantly assisted in curbing alcohol-related harm and offending in public areas".
Chambers says there was sufficient evidence of the potential alcohol-related harm to justify the dry street ban given by Inspector Gary Davey at the meeting.
"He went through the levels of intoxication and alcohol related harm that was likely at this type of event," Chambers says.
The temporary alcohol ban will operate for 24 hours from 6am on December 15 in the surrounding area.
Consumption or possession of alcohol is prohibited during the specified times and anyone caught will be issued with a $250 fine.
The surrounding nearby streets will be included in the ban with a large loop around the stadium and Auckland Zoo.