They're back – better and dirtier than ever
Ed Sheeran‘s ÷ (Divide) Tour finally arrives in New Zealand this weekend, beginning with three huge nights at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium.
The Grammy Award-winning, British musician has made history with his Australian and New Zealand shows, having set a new record for the most number of stadium shows throughout both countries on one single tour.
After leveling AC/DC’s record of fourteen shows across AU and NZ, Ed quickly took it a step further by totally eighteen dates across the tour.
If you’re lucky enough to have tickets for Ed Sheeran at Mt Smart Stadium, read on for important event information for the day.
4pm – Gates open
6:30pm – Lost Bird
7:30pm – Drax Project
8:45pm – Ed Sheeran
*Timings are approximate and subject to change
Strict bag policy
Bags must not exceed 200mm x 300mm x 200mm. NO BACK PACKS. Strict security measures including wanding, pat downs and full bag searches will be in place. Express lanes will be available for patrons not carrying bags. To avoid delays at the gate, please have bags open and ready for search or if not essential, leave bags at home. A list of prohibited items is available on the event page.
Security search on entry
Safety and security searched will take place upon entry. Items such as alcohol, selfie sticks, umbrellas, cameras with a lens larger than a watch face, Go Pros, iPads, furniture etc cannot be brought into the stadium. Confiscated items (i.e. alcohol, etc.) will not be returned, replaced or reimbursed.
You may bring an empty plastic/aluminium water bottle (up to 750ml and without lid) to use at the free water stations. Please note lids are not permitted so if bringing a reusable bottle please leave the lid at home. Alternatively you may bring a sealed plastic water bottle (up to 750ml), however please note lids will be removed on entry.
A full list of what you can and can’t bring into the stadium for this concert is available here.
Please check your tickets
Please note that all patrons must have a valid ticket regardless of age – this also applies to infants and children.
Please note further that the Ed Sheeran performance contains loud music, strobe lighting and other visual effects, and is therefore unsuitable for infants and young children.
If you do not require to have a bag with you, leave it at home and take advantage of our express lanes at the gates.
To avoid delays on the day, patrons are strongly encouraged to collect their pre-purchased tickets in advance from a Ticketmaster outlet.
If you need to collect tickets on the day from the venue, please ensure you allow plenty of time to collect your tickets and make your way to your seat before the start of the concert. The Box Office will be open from 9am by Gate B on event day.
If you haven’t yet printed your Print-At-Home tickets, please check your email (including junk or spam) as these have now been sent directly to the email address used to make the purchase. No ticket – no entry.
Gate entry points
The stadium configuration has been customised for this particular event. Please read and familiarise yourself with the gate entry information detailed below. Plan your journey to your seat, using the information as shown on your ticket. You will only be able to enter via the gate specified on your ticket.
UPPER EAST STAND, LOWER EAST STAND & EAST STAND LOUNGE TICKET HOLDERS
Enter through Gate C off Beasley Avenue. An alternative route is also available from O’Rorke Road through the Stadium external areas to the west side of the Stadium.
LOWER SOUTH STAND TICKET HOLDERS
Enter through Gate D off Beasley Avenue.
UPPER SOUTH STAND TICKET HOLDERS
Enter through Gate S off Maurice Road.
WEST STAND (COLIN KAY STAND) + CORPORATE SUITE TICKET HOLDERS
Enter through Gate A off Maurice Road.
FIELD – FRONT & REAR STANDING
Enter through Gate F off Maurice Road.
An alternative route is also available from O’Rorke Road through the Stadium external areas to the west side of the Stadium.
Wheelchair ticket holders
Enter through Gate B on the west side of the Stadium (adjacent Maurice Road) or Gate C from Beasley Avenue.
Getting to the event – public transport
There is NO public car parking available at the Stadium and streets within the immediate precinct of Mt Smart Stadium, and the Penrose railway station will be closed to support the safe and comfortable delivery of special event bus and train services. Some local businesses offer their premises for parking at a cost. Please note, if you park at a premise within the road closures exit may be delayed for up to an hour following the concert finish time.
A Taxi rank will be available outside 201 Station Road which is near the corner of Station Rd and Maurice Rd.
Onsite mobility parking is limited therefore strictly only available for patrons who hold a valid mobility permit. To register for mobility parking please phone the stadium office on 09 366 2048 or email email@example.com with your permit number to register and receive access information.
Note: Exit from the car park may be delayed for up to an hour following the concert to ensure safe pedestrian movement.
Liquor ban around the stadium
A temporary liquor ban will be enforced within the public areas surrounding the stadium from 6am on Saturday, 24 March to 6am Tuesday, 27 March. The Police will be actively monitoring these public areas and enforcing this ban.
Smoke free zone
Mt Smart Stadium is also a smoke free zone, and patrons are not permitted to smoke within stadium grounds – this includes the use of e-cigarettes and vaporisers. If you wish to smoke, you can be scanned out at the gate and scanned back in. Please retain your ticket for re-entry.
Don’t forget to enjoy the concert and share your snaps with Ed and Ticketmaster using #Dividetouraunz.