Sevens behaviour won't be tolerated at Nines

SHABNAM DASTGHEIB
Last updated 15:28 10/02/2014

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Organisers of this weekend's Auckland Nines have put strict alcohol policies in place to prevent a repeat of the disorder at the Wellington Sevens.

The Nines will take place at Eden Park with more than 46,000 fans expected to turn out for the rugby league tournament.

Managing director David Higgins said stringent alcohol policies would be in place.

Drinks would be no more than 4 per cent alcohol and served in only plastic glasses. About halfway through the event there would be a two-drink at a time limit from the bar as opposed to the usual four.

"It's just a matter of being aware of possible issues and letting the fans know that they are welcome to have fun, but we don't want people crossing the line," Higgins said.

Organisers had heard anecdotally that people would be coming dressed up and Higgins said he expected a carnival atmosphere at the stadium.

But unlike the Sevens, the Nines would feature players familiar to the crowd and there would be much more interest in the actual sport at this event, he said.

A total of 160 people were ejected from Westpac Stadium on Friday night and another 110 were kicked out on Saturday at the Wellington Sevens at the weekend.

Police publicly slammed the Sevens organisers for the level of drunkenness around the event.

Police will have contingency groups on hand if extra staff are needed and have produced new anti-intoxication ads which will be playing inside the stadium.

Those deemed drunk would not be allowed to enter the stadium.

Eden Park Trust chief executive David Kennedy said people were welcome to come along and have a good time but intoxication would not be tolerated.

"We are not interested in you coming to our event if you have had too much to drink or if you want to have too much to drink," Kennedy said.

He advised those spectators to stay at home.

The popular Auckland Lantern Festival and Rapture 2014 featuring Eminem will also take place this weekend.

Police are advising those in Auckland to pay attention to the laws around alcohol as those in breach could be fined or denied entry to the events.

There would be a walking route between Western Springs and Eden Park for those attending the Nines and the Eminem concert and this would be patrolled closely by police and security.

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