Free rides for SA fans

Australia Football League (AFL) match ticket includes free public transport in South Australia

AFL fans can look forward to free public transport included with their match tickets, for games at the Adelaide Oval for another next three years, the South Australian (SA) Government announced this week.

A new agreement between the Motor Accident Commission (MAC), Adelaide Football Club (AFC), Port Adelaide Football Club (PAFC) and the SA Government means AFL ticket holders will be entitled to free public transport for another three year term.

"Free public transport for footy fans is important to reduce the day-out cost for families, and means we can move large numbers of fans to and from the oval more quickly than with ticketed services," SA transport minister Stephen Mullighan says.

"Last year, approximately 459,000 footy fans travelled to the Adelaide Oval via public transport, a massive increase from the 133,000 fans that caught public transport to Football Park in 2013.

"I'd like to thank MAC, AFC and PAFC for working with the State Government to deliver an arrangement that will benefit South Australian football fans.

The MAC Footy Express and Adelaide Metro bus, train and tram services currently provide safe and free transport to and from Adelaide Oval for around 25,000 people each week.

MAC CEO Aaron Chia is confident the Footy Express partnership will help promote road safety messages, both on public transport and with audiences at the oval.

"In addition to promoting the free Footy Express service and MAC’s road safety messages, MAC is utilising the partnership to engage high profile players as road safety ambassadors," he says.

"We’re really looking forward to working with the Crows and Port Adelaide and welcome their support to remind their fans about choices and consequences when it comes to road safety."

"We know that many people attending like to enjoy a drink or two with their mates, so the free MAC Footy Express reduces the temptation to drink and drive."

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