25 June 2020
Gold Coast

TransLink is reminding match-starved football fans they can catch free public transport to NRL and AFL contests this weekend. 
With sporting venues re-opening to a maximum 10,000 people, Suncorp Stadium, the Gabba and Metricon Stadium will see fans take to their stands on Saturday and Sunday. 
Head of TransLink Matt Longland said footy fans with a pre-paid game-day ticket, including mobile tickets, can catch any Brisbane City Council bus or Queensland Rail City Network service to and from the venues for free.
“Public transport remains the easiest and most cost-effective way for people to travel to and from NRL and AFL matches,” Mr Longland said.
"Even though there will be less fans than normal, and the experience will be a bit different, ticket-holders can be assured we can take them there for free like previous seasons."
While COVID-19 restrictions have eased due to the halt of community transmissions in the state, Mr Longland said fans will see extra measures put in place for game-day travel to minimise risk.
He urged ticket-holders to remain COVID safe by continuing to follow health advice of not travelling if unwell, practicing good hygiene and social distancing where practical.
"I want to reassure fans that public transport is safe to use and we're working hard to keep it that way," he said.
“Increased cleaning and sanitisation of transport vehicles and major stations continues, while we’re operating with rear-door boarding on buses to leave space near the driver and asking people to spread out."
Matches this weekend start with an AFL double-header at Metricon Stadium on Saturday when Port Adelaide meet West Coast and the Gold Coast Suns host Fremantle.
The Brisbane Broncos play NRL rivals Gold Coast at Suncorp Stadium, also on Saturday, while the Brisbane Lions host AFL strugglers Adelaide at the Gabba on Sunday afternoon. 
Mr Longland said free travel would apply four hours before and four hours after each match, while regular shuttle buses will run to Suncorp Stadium and the Gabba two hours before kick-off and up to an hour after, as will shuttles to Metricon Stadium from Nerang Station for the Suns match.
"Additional shuttle buses will operate to help with social distancing and pre-event shuttles to Suncorp Stadium and the Gabba will only stop once midway through their route," he said.
"But post-event shuttles will set down passengers along their route, as normal, and we will have additional buses to help with larger crowds congregating.
"We're also asking fans to consider catching an earlier service to the game to even out passenger numbers."
Mr Longland said replacement shuttle buses will also run from train stations on the Beenleigh and Gold Coast lines due to a scheduled Queensland Rail track closure and fans should allow extra time getting to the game.
A south-bound lanes closure on the Captain Cook Bridge over the weekend and a Black Lives Matter protest scheduled for Brisbane's CBD on Saturday is also expected to have an impact on traffic.
"The best way to plan your travel to the games is through Journey Planner on the TransLink website or MyTransLink app ahead of time to ensure you get to there before kick-off," he said. 
For more information visit translink.com.au or call 13 12 30 anytime.