Don’t tackle finals traffic, public transport a free kick

RACQ has urged footy fans who planned on heading to the Gabba stadium to watch the AFL Grand Final this weekend to leave the car at home and catch public transport to avoid missing the opening bounce.

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With tens of thousands of Aussie Rules enthusiasts heading to the Gabba or pubs and bars on Saturday evening, RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith reminded motorists there would be road closures and limited parking. 

“It’s the first time the Grand Final has been held outside Victoria. If Queensland supporters don’t want to miss a minute, they’ll need to plan ahead and allow extra travel time,” Ms Smith said.

“There’ll be full and partial road closures in place around the Gabba between 2:30pm and 10pm, including on Stanley and Vulture Streets. 

“There’s no parking at the stadium and there’s also a 15 minute limit for on-street parking in the Gabba Traffic Area on game day 7am-10pm.

“The best way to travel to the game will be by ditching the car altogether and to opt for public transport. Ticket holders can travel free after midday via Queensland Rail City Network train (excluding Airtrain), Brisbane City Council bus or a special event shuttle service.”

Ms Smith also urged revellers who planned to drink, to have a safe plan to get home.

“Due to COVID-19 many of us may be out of practice for planning for a night out, so if you’re enjoying a drink during the game, please don’t get behind the wheel,” she said.

“You may consider walking a safe alternative, but it’s still risky as alcohol impairs your decision-making skills, balance, co-ordination and reaction time and you need all of those things just to cross the road safely.

“If you’re walking home, walk with a sober friend, stay on the footpath, and only cross at marked crossings or traffic signals where you’re clearly visible to drivers.”

For up to date information on road closures and conditions visit RACQ Road Conditions.