BIGGEST SYDNEY CONCERT CROWDS IN YEARS! TRANSPORT AUTHORITIES URGE FANS TO PLAN AHEAD
Thursday 23 February 2023 12:00am
BIGGEST SYDNEY CONCERT CROWDS IN YEARS! TRANSPORT AUTHORITIES URGE FANS TO LEAVE ADDITIONAL TRAVEL TIME AND ARRIVE EARLY FOR ED SHEERAN AND HARRY STYLES SHOWS AT ACCOR STADIUM
- More than 85,000 fans are on the way to see global superstar Ed Sheeran at Accor Stadium this Friday and Saturday nights;
- Accor Stadium gates open at 5pm each evening;
- Parking at Sydney Olympic Park is SOLD OUT. Please do not drive to the precinct if you do not have allocated parking;
- ALL TICKETS include return travel to Olympic Park on public transport, with frequent and additional services on Sydney Trains and Major Event Buses running across Greater Sydney;
- Golden boy Harry Styles will perform at Accor Stadium next weekend, Friday 3 March and Saturday 4 March.
Plan your trip . . . Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins (centre), Transport for NSW Executive Director Transport Management Centre Craig Moran (left) and Accor Stadium CEO Daryl Kerry outside Accor Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park today.
Transport for NSW Media Release
Music fans are being urged to arrive early or expect delays with more than 100,000 people expected in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct on a single night of a packed roster of entertainment.
The biggest concerts in six years will be staged at Accor Stadium across two massive weeks – the Ed Sheeran concerts will be on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February, while the Harry Styles concerts will follow on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 March.
More than 85,000 fans are expected each night for Ed Sheeran, while 70,000 fans are expected each night for Harry Styles.
Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer Howard Collins said more than 100,000 people were expected at Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday 4 March, due to simultaneous concerts in the precinct on the same night.
“We urge ticketholders to please consider all travel options and use public transport where possible, because heavy traffic is expected and parking is limited – so, leave the car at home,” Mr Collins said.
“Public transport is the best way to get to Sydney Olympic Park and is made even easier for ticketholders for the Sheeran and Styles concerts because the cost of travel on public transport is included in your ticket – just show your event ticket to transport staff when boarding services.
“We’ll have plenty of frequent trains and major event buses running to and from Sydney Olympic Park. All the details on extra services are available at transportnsw.info where you can also plan your trip.
“Fans should plan to arrive early to avoid the increased demand on public transport and heavy traffic. Queuing should also be expected for services as customers head home.
“There are many venues to enjoy in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct before and after each concert. Gates open from about 5pm for each show.”
Express and limited stop trains will run frequently to Olympic Park Station from Central and other key stations before each concert, plus frequent return services after each show.
Sydney Olympic Park major event buses will also run from mid-afternoon on all nine routes for each concert. Last services will leave the precinct about an hour after each show.
Mr Collins advised motorists to avoid roads around the Sydney Olympic Park precinct before each concert.
“We encourage motorists not attending the concerts to avoid or delay travel on major roads approaching Sydney Olympic Park where possible ahead of each event, as heavy traffic and significant delays are expected – particularly on Fridays during the already busy evening peak,” Mr Collins said.
"If you must drive to a concert, it’s essential you pre-book your parking at Olympic Park online to guarantee a space. Car parks are already sold out for 24 and 25 February and are expected to sell out for 3 and 4 March. There is limited parking surrounding the precinct.
“Fans who haven’t pre-booked parking can use one of the many commuter car parks at key stations and continue their trip by train or bus to Sydney Olympic Park.”
Users of taxi and rideshare services should leave additional travel time – particularly when travelling home from the precinct – because local roads will be closed at Sydney Olympic Park making pick-up difficult. Consider walking or catching a train outside the precinct to connect with taxi and rideshare services.
For more information on public transport services for events, including trip planning, visit transportnsw.info.
For real-time traffic updates, including road closures, visit livetraffic.com or download the Live Traffic NSW App.