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10 Oct 2011

Get in the Zone for RWC 2011 semi-finals and The Final

The live Rugby action at Trafalgar Park might have come to an end, but at the other end of Trafalgar Street, fans can still be at the heart of the action for the semi-finals and The Final of Rugby World Cup 2011 in a specially created Fanzone in Nelson.

Organisers are inviting Nelson locals and visitors to “get in the zone” and watch the big games in Wellington and Auckland live at the top of Trafalgar Street. The games will be shown on a massive 20 foot x 10 foot screen mounted on top of a shipping container, guaranteeing a great view from all angles.

The Fanzones in Wellington have proved so popular that they have been extended to include the semi-finals and The Final, and organisers expect locals and visitors to embrace the Fanzone set up in Nelson too. “Having seen such a great turnout at each of our live games at Trafalgar Park, the Fanzones offer an opportunity to keep that buzz alive” said Susan Coleman, RWC 2011 Nelson Regional Director. “The next best thing to being at a live game is to be amongst thousands of other supporters.”

A selection of great local bands has been lined up to provide free pre-match entertainment from 6pm. DJ True Grit and The Peasants will wow the crowd on Saturday 15 October, followed by Comrade Z and The Immigrants on Sunday 16 October and Wicked Draw and Pacha Atma for the Final on Sunday 23 October. The Twisty Twinz and Body in Space will top off the street entertainment. The Rugby action begins with kick off at 9.00pm each evening.

Prior to the Rugby there is plenty of time to enjoy a meal or drinks in one of the local cafes, restaurants and bars lining Trafalgar Street. Fans can watch the game from outside one of the cafés or bars lining Trafalgar Street, or find a spot inside the family-friendly environment of the Fanzone where a combination of seating and standing space will be on offer. Alcohol is not allowed inside the Fanzone.

The Fanzones close on final whistle, and Late Buses will available to enable a safe journey home for fans. Regardless of which teams are playing, the atmosphere will be electric as friends and fellow fans from all over the world gather to celebrate RWC 2011!