Going to Adele? Here's everything you need to know

MORNING REPORT/RNZ

Tens of thousands of Adele fans will be saying Hello to Auckland this weekend and things could get a little messy

The wait is finally over, British pop goddess Adele is here and ready to take Auckland by the ear drums. 

She's playing three sold out shows on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at Mt Smart Stadium - but chances are, if you are reading this you will already know that. 

What you may not know, however, is how to get there, what to bring, and what to expect.

All you need to know about seeing Adele live in Auckland.
Graham Denholm

All you need to know about seeing Adele live in Auckland.

So here is our handy list of everything you need to know before seeing Adele live in Auckland. 

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MT SMART STADIUM

More than 45,000 people will be squeezing into the venue each night, so expect and plan for big queues. 

You can only enter through the gate printed on your ticket, so plan ahead and make sure you know where to go. 

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Gates open 5.30pm and the show is set to start at 7.30pm each night - with no opening acts.

And if her last concerts are anything to go by, Adele isn't late.

Double check the date on your ticket prior to arriving, as patrons who attend the incorrect show date will not be admitted. (And yep, people do get it wrong.)

The show includes special effects including strobe lights and pyrotechnics. 

The venue has been configured specifically for the concert so get your bearings with this handy animated fly over map.

Mt Smart Stadium is a totally smoke free zone and patrons must NOT smoke within stadium grounds – this includes use of e-cigarettes and vaporisers.


TRANSPORT

Plan your travel in advance.

The roads will be extremely busy, particularly for the Thursday night performance as concerts goers mix with normal commuters just trying to get home.

Extra busses, ferries and train services have been planned for each night. Click here to view your public transport options and plan your route. 

The Auckland Transport Agency is recommending that all patrons arrive at least one hour prior to the start time to ensure you don't miss a second of Adele. 

"It's going top be a big operation, but it is well planned," said AT spokesman Mark Hannan. 

"All we ask is that people plan travel and come to the venue early because it will be busy - don't leave it to the last minute."

DROP OFF AND PICK UP

The best location for drop off and pick up is on Olive Rd or Rockfield Rds in Penrose. 

There will be road closures in place around Mt Smart Stadium on the following streets for each show day:

  •  Beasley Ave will be closed from 5.00am through until 1.00am  
  •  O'Rorke Rd, Rockridge Ave, Maurice Rd, Hugo Johnston Dr, South Park Place and Autumn Place will be closed from 4.00pm to 1.00am.
  •  Walls Rd, Olive Rd, Fairfax Ave, Bassant Ave, Botha Rd, Burrett Ave and Station Rd (Rockfield Rd to Great South Rd) will be closed from 9.00pm to 1.00am.

​Entry for mobility ticket holders is via Gate B from O'Rorke Rd or Gate C from Beasley Ave. 

If you are attending the concert in a wheelchair, please ensure you have purchased an accessible ticket. If you are unsure, please contact Ticketmaster on 0800 111 999.

PARKING 

There are no parking facilities available at the stadium.

The streets within the immediate precinct of Mt Smart Stadium and the Penrose railway station will be closed to support the safe and comfortable delivery of special event bus and train services.

Parking will be at an absolute premium in the outer industrial areas of the Stadium.

If you park on a road that is subject to a later road closure then you will be delayed from departing until the road closure is lifted, this could be as late as 1.00am.  

Mobility parking is available strictly for patrons who have pre-arranged parking in this area and hold a valid mobility parking permit - no exceptions.

To register for mobility parking please email your name, what night you are attending and permit number to ​​info@aucklandstadiums.co.nz​ ​

LIQUOR BAN

A temporary liquor ban will be enforced for most of Penrose, around the stadium, between 6.00am Thursday 23 March to 6:00am Friday 24 March and 6.00am Saturday 25 March to 6.00am Monday 27 March.

This ban applies to business carparks and forecourts within the liquor ban zone. 

Liquor Ban signage will be erected at least 24 hours prior to the event. The Police will be actively monitoring these streets and enforcing this ban.

The specific streets included in this liquor ban can be found on the Auckland Stadiums website.  

TICKET COLLECTION

First and most important: no ticket, no entry.

Ticket collection will be available from 9am at Gate B, on each show day only. 

If collecting tickets at the venue plan your arrival in anticipation of queues and be aware that road closures will be in place each day.

Patrons are encouraged to collect their pre-purchased tickets in advance from a Ticketmaster outlet.

If you have "E Tickets", please print them in advance.

FOOD AND DRINK

You may bring a small amount of home prepared food such as sandwiches, baking or fruit however commercially prepared food products, including takeaway meals or soft drinks are not permitted. 

A range of catering outlets will be available along with bar service.

Stations with free water and cups will be available throughout the venue.

You may bring your own plastic or aluminium water bottles to fill at the stations however please note that lids are not permitted and will be discarded on entry.

If buying beverages from concert venues, you'll need ID and these lids will also be removed on purchase.

ATM and EFTPOS facilities will be available within the stadium however patrons are strongly advised to come prepared with sufficient cash for the entire evening.

WEATHER

The stadium is open air and the concert will proceed rain or shine.

Umbrellas are not permitted in the venue so bring a raincoat or poncho if rain is predicted.

Thursday is expected to be overcast, but mostly fine. 

Saturday has scattered rain in the afternoon on the radar.

Sunday has rain forecast, with possible heavy falls, and northeasterlies on the cards.

DRESS CODE

Footwear is to be worn at all times, for safety reasons and the stadium does not permit gang patches or gang paraphernalia to be displayed.

Wear comfy shoes - this is not the right concert to wear your tallest heels.

BANNED FROM STADIUM

•    Chilly bins
•    Commercially prepared food including takeaways
•    Cans or glass containers
•    Alcohol or illicit drugs
•    Air horns or loud hailers
•    Furniture, chairs or stools
•    Prams or strollers
•    Rain or shade umbrellas
•    Animals, except guide dogs
•    Dangerous goods
•    Video cameras and recording devices, cell phones are ok.
•    Go-pros
•    Selfie sticks
•    Face masks
•    Photographic devices with a removable lens or deemed to be for professional use
•    Large items that cannot be placed under a seat
•    Skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, hover boards or other skates
•    Laser pointers, flashlights, glow sticks, fireworks, flares or laser lights
•    Inflatables such as beach balls and balloons
•    Items that in the opinion of management/security could cause harm or public nuisance.

 - Stuff

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