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Over 200 parking tickets issued at GIO Stadium during Raiders match

Lachlan Roberts 27 August 2019 234

Over 200 parking tickets were handed out during the Raiders clash with Manly on Sunday afternoon (25 August). File photo.

Over 200 footy fans have been hit with parking tickets during the Canberra Raiders loss at GIO Stadium on Sunday afternoon (25 August) with inspectors targeting vehicles parking on nature strips and the streets of Bruce.

An ACT Government spokesperson said due to the significant amount of illegal and unsafe parking observed at previous events across the ACT, Access Canberra issued 207 infringements around GIO Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The spokesperson said parking inspectors targeted illegal parking in the surrounding streets of Bruce, with the majority of infringements issued to vehicles parked on nature strips around the stadium.

“Access Canberra is committed to ensuring the safety of all road users as well as the public,” the spokesperson said.

“Traffic and parking management is put in place at every game at GIO for the safety of all attendees. Access Canberra also attends all major sporting and community events in Canberra to ensure safe and compliant parking.”

Raiders fan Sean Rogers said finding the yellow envelope on his windscreen after the Green Machine’s disappointing loss left a bad taste in his mouth.

“I normally park where you have to pay $10 but it was chockers when I arrived at 3:30 pm so the traffic controllers directed me up to CIT,” Mr Rogers said.

“People were just parking wherever they could because there were cars everywhere.

“I went down a sidestreet on CIT campus and pulled up onto the gutter. There was a sign that said no parking there but I thought it was a Sunday afternoon at an empty CIT campus.

“Coming back to my car after the game, it looked like the parking inspectors had had a field day. There were cars with tickets everywhere. I could see the envelopes all the way up the street.”

Mr Rogers said he does not understand why restrictions on parking are not relaxed around GIO Stadium during the Raiders’ home games.

“They want people to go to the game but when the stadium has 20,000 people turning up, there is not enough parking for everyone to park legally,” he said. “It is not possible. It leaves a bad taste in people’s mouths because they want people to pay $35 for a ticket and then they turn around and do that.”

The ACT Government spokesperson said there are around 3,000 car parks available for public use at GIO Stadium with an early bird parking offer of $7 for attendees arriving within 45 minutes after gates open, with price upping to $10 after that time.

Up to 400 overflow parking spots are available at the University of Canberra, which is a 20-minute walk to/from GIO Stadium. Public transport buses also have some capacity to pick patrons up on College Street.

GIO Stadium issues the below information and advice about getting to and from the stadium for each game or event including:

  • to park legally as parking officers are active in the precinct during the event
  • overflow parking is available at the University of Canberra
  • carpool to help alleviate traffic congestion
  • catch a free bus directly to the game from major bus stations including Belconnen, Gungahlin, City, Woden, Tuggeranong and Queanbeyan.
  • GIO Stadium social media accounts where parking updates are also published in real-time to keep attendees informed as the carpark is reaching capacity.

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234 Responses to Over 200 parking tickets issued at GIO Stadium during Raiders match
Arthur 3:40 pm 09 Sep 19

If a bus is beneath people’s dignity, why not use the CIT parking area? Why not park legally in the street, not on the nature strip, in nearby Kaleen, Lyneham, Lawson, Bruce or O’Connor? Why not carpool?

But there again, I think the ACT ‘gubment’ should provide subsidized sedan chairs and porters to carry the snowflakes the last few metres to and from the turnstiles. Especially the ones who have every entitlement to wreck everything we pay for so they don’t have to be ‘reasonable’.

Pat McCauley Pat McCauley 9:22 pm 01 Sep 19

Personally I catch one of the buses from Tuggeranong station as it’s overall easier, however I have always thought, why are people who choose to park at the ground, charged $10 at a tax payer owned facility?

There could be a gold coin donation to a local charity. Our high rates should cover any parking fees to the AIS.

We are being ripped off.

Josh Eppelstun Josh Eppelstun 8:27 pm 01 Sep 19

Riley Eppelstun lucky hhahah

Sam Shields-Chatelain Sam Shields-Chatelain 3:03 pm 01 Sep 19

Lol this is only being brought up now. They were doing this back 20yrs ago. We got one and so did many people around us at the time. Looks like not much has changed.

    Wendy Apostoloff Wendy Apostoloff 6:41 pm 01 Sep 19

    Sam Shields-Chatelain of course not Sam

    Our chief minister needs all the revenue he can get his hands on ..

Andrew Gus Collins Andrew Gus Collins 10:32 am 01 Sep 19

Catch the light rail fail... oh wait you! It does not go to sports venues does it? ACT your so smart, no wonder the whole country laughs at us..

Bridgette Cunningham Bridgette Cunningham 5:33 pm 31 Aug 19

Stephanie Wise where we park

    Stephanie Wise Stephanie Wise 5:46 pm 31 Aug 19

    Bridgette Cunningham 😪 that’s no fun

Jessie May Jessie May 5:26 pm 31 Aug 19

Pete Henry oh no

That Raiders Dad will be so mad

Micheal Myers Micheal Myers 5:13 pm 31 Aug 19

Sucks to be them lmao

James Hutchison James Hutchison 5:13 pm 31 Aug 19

I thought the $10 for parking was a bit steep. Should be a gold coin donation for charity.

Andy Kay Andy Kay 7:30 am 30 Aug 19

Yup I got ticket 🎫 not really fair I wasn’t parked in no parking I actually parked of road in a padock

Jenna Hall Jenna Hall 8:50 pm 29 Aug 19

Mathew Holcombe I hope that angry 4WD man got done!

    Mathew Holcombe Mathew Holcombe 9:17 pm 29 Aug 19

    Jenna Hall totally would have got done - and not been happy about it!

croakesvc 11:25 am 29 Aug 19

Having parked as directed by the match authorised traffic controllers, along with hundreds of other good folk at GIO stadium last weekend, I returned to my vehicle mid-match to find a parking ticket on my windscreen and a large army of ACT Government parking inspectors feverishly writing tickets. I guess ACT Government is short on cash. Who better to milk cash from then unsuspecting football fans. When I approached the inspectors to ask why? all they could do is keep their head down (in shame) and keep writing tickets as fast a possible. For the Canberrans and footy fans on the receiving end of ACT Government’s grab for cash last weekend, I think a combined appeal is in order…

Nick Innes Nick Innes 9:31 am 29 Aug 19

Taylor, Maddison wow! That's a lot of parking infringements in a short period of time 😳

    Taylor Duke Taylor Duke 8:27 am 30 Aug 19

    Nick Innes that’s nuts dude! Lucky we just paid the $10 and avoided this pain hahah

Jo Williams Hayes Jo Williams Hayes 5:39 pm 28 Aug 19

I hate football so no dramas for me.

Liv Ballard Liv Ballard 4:33 pm 28 Aug 19

Kristy lucky you didn’t go

Chrishan Wright Chrishan Wright 3:25 pm 28 Aug 19

This is reason why we Canberra raiders fans need a new stadium

So not as many people have to drive and more emphasis on public transport like the rest of the world and help pubs clubs and other place around the city

    Renea Hazel Renea Hazel 10:42 pm 29 Aug 19

    There are numerous free Action buses from all four town centre interchanges as well as some picking up from local clubs. A different location would change nothing as sufficient public transport options already exist.

    Chrishan Wright Chrishan Wright 2:55 am 30 Aug 19

    Renee i realise this a know this as I used it before and a different location would change everything do you Canberra deserve a state of the out stadium north qld got one we are the capital of aus and have a great stadium but need better you the fan deserves it with a roof on it how go would it be for interstate family and friends when come visits to be stay in the city and walk to the stadium the economy around civic centre to boom restaurant bars and clubs I’m a loyal fan and bleed green but also believe our stadium is in the location

Thomas van Bockxmeer Thomas van Bockxmeer 3:25 pm 28 Aug 19

If the raiders loosing wasn’t bad enough, have a parking ticket to really rub salt in the wound 😂😂😂

    Jordan Bailey Jordan Bailey 8:02 pm 28 Aug 19

    Thomas van Bockxmeer why would they even fine people who are there to see the game. They’ve presumably already bought tickets so why milk them for more?!!?!

    Thomas van Bockxmeer Thomas van Bockxmeer 8:56 pm 28 Aug 19

    I’d personally say they deserve a fine if they support the raiders but that’s just me!!! (Up the tigers!!!)

    Nick Guymer Nick Guymer 9:00 am 29 Aug 19

    Thomas van Bockxmeer i love you thom 😂

Billie Paea Dziah PT Billie Paea Dziah PT 2:24 pm 28 Aug 19

anyone got that ticket guy on camera??

    Victor Croker Victor Croker 11:28 am 29 Aug 19

    I do. https://www.facebook.com/victor.croker.1/videos/10217672095307643/.

    Victor Croker Victor Croker 11:31 am 29 Aug 19

    There was an army of them moving as fast as they could while the fans were busy with the game. They knew there they would be held to account if the fans discovered them in the act. Very COWARDLY I find.

    Victor Croker Victor Croker 11:32 am 29 Aug 19

    I have another video but i might have to remove some language before posting it. My blood was boiling....

    Billie Paea Dziah PT Billie Paea Dziah PT 3:10 pm 29 Aug 19

    Victor Croker yep another revenue scam

waldorf 2:14 pm 28 Aug 19

There are probably better ways to raise money for the new indoor stadium

Capital Retro 2:14 pm 28 Aug 19

“ummm, so what’s the big deal? are parking restrictions lifted during footy games? “

They are at Manuka where another code is played and we pay one of the teams $700K each time they play. Free busses as well.

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