Live events sector
AC/DC fans will restricted from drinking alcohol before the legendary rock band’s concerts in Auckland, New Zealand, in December after Waitemata Local Board voted unanimously in support of a temporary liquor ban at their board meeting on November 10th.
Board chairman Shale Chambers said even though many of the concert-goers could well be in their 60s, the police are concerned about alcohol consumption before and after the ‘Rock or Bust’ 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 stated that temporary liquor bans have “significantly assisted in curbing alcohol-related harm and offending in public areas”.
Chambers said there was sufficient evidence of the potential alcohol-related harm to justify the dry street ban advanced by Inspector Gary Davey at the meeting with Chambers saying that Inspector Davey “went through the levels of intoxication and alcohol related harm that was likely at this type of event,”
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.
The move apparently coves the stadium too (otherwise it could just be seen as a commercial ploy to push up alcohol sales at the venue. However the move will surely prompt concert goers to ‘pre load’ before reaching the venue – and interesting move for an audience with a mature demographic – who surely won’t be impressed by the actions of the Local Board.