Security guards will ensure overflow camping is not permitted at the Queenstown Recreation Ground on New Year's eve, to preserve the pitch for the Rugby Sevens Tournament.
Queenstown Lakes District Council Mayor Vanessa van Uden said the grounds were opened to campers for the millennium celebrations and the practice had continued unchecked since 2000.
Organisers were forced to spend days picking up broken glass and metal.
''There are other options for campers overnight that don't put national rugby sevens players at risk,'' she said.
''Once I was made aware of the situation the decision was a no-brainer, there is no way we can put players of the calibre at risk.''
Overflow camping was available at Arrowtown campground and Department of Conservation grounds at Moke Lake and the 12 Mile Delta.
The sevens contest runs on January 12 and 13.
- The Southland Times
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