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Vodacom URC semifinal: All you need to know

PUBLISHED: May 10, 2023



The DHL Stormers face Irish side Connacht in a home Vodacom United Rugby Championship semifinal at DHL Stadium on Saturday. Here is all you need to know ahead of the game.

  • There is a large crowd expected, so please plan accordingly for congestion.
  • Gates at DHL Stadium open at 13h30, with kick-off at 16h00.
  • Get there early. Plan to be in the precinct by 14h00 and in the stadium by 15h00.
  • Park remotely at either the CTICC or in the Cape Town CBD.
  • There are free MyCiTi shuttles for all ticket holders from the CTICC and Thibault Square and Civic Centre stations.
  • No Umbrellas are allowed in the stadium.
  • Tickets are available only from Ticketpro.

The action gets underway at 16h00 on Saturday, with a place in the Grand Final at stake and a big crowd expected

There will be heavy traffic congestion in the area, so please plan to get to DHL Stadium at least two hours before kick-off.

Spectators are urged to park remotely and catch a free MyCiTi bus from either the CTICC or Civic Centre and Thibault Square bus stations to get to DHL Stadium early and ensure you don’t miss anything.

Gates at DHL Stadium open at 13h30 ahead of kick-off at 16h00. The beer garden in the stadium will be open both before and after the game with a Red Bull DJ playing live, so get there early to make sure you don’t miss any of the action.

Match tickets

Tickets are available to purchase at ticketpros.co.za (CLICK HERE to buy your ticket now) Only tickets purchased via Ticketpro are valid, tickets purchased from Viagogo or any other third party will not be valid. Please visit thestormers.com for conditions of use of our match tickets.

Please print your match ticket clearly and also bring a digital version on your phone and have both ready to scan in as easily as possible at the gates. There are no covid certificate or ID requirements to enter the stadium.

When booking note that the South Stand is the party stand. The North Stand is the family stand and blocks 108 and 109 are alcohol free.

Disabled seating at DHL Stadium are sold from R100 to R160 and can be booked by email to RMaritz@wprugby.co.za.

There are 110 dedicated, specifically designed wheelchair seats and 138 buddy seats at DHL Stadium with full ramp access and facilities.

Parking

There is dedicated parking available in the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) P1 parking area for R100 pre booked and R120 card on entry, with a free MyCiTi shuttle (CLICK HERE to book parking at CTICC).

There is also free public parking available on a first-come first-served basis at the Civic Centre from 12h00. There are 355 bays available at the Woodstock Pariking Area (enter from Civic Road) and 120 bay in the Hertzog Parking Area (enter from Hertzog Boulevard incoming). Those parking at the Civic Centre will also be able to catch a free MyCiTi Shuttle to the stadium from the Civic Centre station.

While there is heavy congestion expected in the stadium precinct, here is dedicated stadium rugby parking available in the stadium precinct at the P2 (CLICK HERE to book), P4 and P9 (R100 card payment on entry only) stadium parking areas, while

DHL Stadium is in a residential precinct, so please respect the residents and co-operate with the traffic officials on duty. Please note that vehicles that are illegally parked will be fined and/or towed away.

Ticket holders with disabilities must please formally request access to the parking bays dedicated in P5 for people with disabilities, by sending an e-mail to rmaritz@wprugby.co.za. These parking bays are limited and available on a first-come first-served basis.

Free MyCiTi shuttles

There are free MyCiTi shuttle services between the stadium and both the Civic Centre and Thibault Square and CTICC bus stations, which will be available free for all those with a match ticket.

The shuttles will take spectators to the Stadium Station, starting at 13h00. Thereafter a bus leaves every 15 minutes or when full.

Buses will operate on demand or when full.The last return bus leaves the Stadium bus station at 20h00.

Use public transport to the bus stations and either catch the free event shuttle to the stadium or use the Fan Walk.

Road closures

Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Vlei Road, Stephan Way and Fort Wynyard Street will all be closed from 06h00 until 22h30, with restrictions on Helen Suzman Boulevard, Beach Road, Buitengracht Road and Granger Bay Boulevard.

E-Hailing

It is recommended that those using e-hailing are dropped off and collected in the CBD at DF Malan Drive opposite the Artscape Theatre, Hertzog Boulevard or Jan Smuts Street and then use the MyCiTi shuttle which is free to all event ticket holders from the CTICC Civic Centre Station or Thibault Square Station, or alternatively use the Fan Walk.

There is an e-hailing drop-off area in Helen Suzman Boulevard between Vlei Road and Beach Road on both sides, but spectators are warned that drop-and-go and pick-up around the stadium will have very long delays due to traffic congestion.

Other information

Please note that Umbrellas are prohibited at DHL Stadium and will NOT BE ALLOWED INTO THE STADIUM. Please bring a rain jacket should there be a threat of rain.

Spectators are urged to be aware of the threat of car jamming in parking areas and pickpockets and keep your valuable close to you at all times.

Please note that no spectator is allowed access to the pitch. Any person invading the pitch can be prosecuted as this is a criminal offence.

Please respect all those around you and abide by the stadium rules and the ticketing conditions of use which are available on our website.

List of prohibited items for events at DHL Stadium

Umbrellas
Food and drinks of any kind
Bottles: Cans, glass or Plastic bottles of any kind including squeezer bottles
Firearms, ammunition or device as defined in the Firearms Control Act, 2000 (Act No.60 of 2000)
Fireworks
Sharp metal objects
Explosives
Tear gas, mace or similar airborne chemical agents
Narcotics
Items which could cause injury
Clothing, banners, flags or any other items with, in the opinion of the EO, SAPS, or any other designated official, is racist, sexist, discriminatory or in way offensive content.
Flagpole or banner pole of any kind, unless it is made from inflammable and flexible plastic and does not exceed 1 metre in length 1cm in diameter
Ambush marketing items
Animals
Liquor
Drunkenness and unacceptable behaviour
Dangerous weapons as defined in Dangerous Weapon Act, 1968 (Act No.71 of 1968) including Knifes and sticks
Unauthorized Cameras with detachable lenses
Fraudulent tickets

We are looking forward to what should be another special occasion at DHL Stadium as we all get behind our team.