August 20, 2016 3:51 pm

Stages set for national 7s celebrations

Gates open to Nadi’s Prince Charles at 10am as the town prepares to host the victorious sevens boys and the rest of the Olympians tomorrow. The town’s Chamber of Commerce president, Dr Ram Raju said the town welcomed and also encouraged people from the rest of the western division to be part of the celebrations […]

Gates open to Nadi’s Prince Charles at 10am as the town prepares to host the victorious sevens boys and the rest of the Olympians tomorrow.

Fijian fans at the ANZ Stadium during the final match of Rugby 7s competiotion which was shown on the big screen. (Newswire)
Fijian fans at the ANZ Stadium during the final match of Rugby 7s competition which was shown on the big screen. (Newswire)

The town’s Chamber of Commerce president, Dr Ram Raju said the town welcomed and also encouraged people from the rest of the western division to be part of the celebrations at the Prince Charles Park.

RAJU: “There will be entertainment which will start well before the team arrives for the crowd while they’re waiting. They are local bands and Polynesian dance shows.”

He said the town as the first point of contact will create a carnival atmosphere for the team before they leave for Suva and he is adamant that it will be a memorable afternoon.

Coastline Buses between Nadi and Korovou, Westbus and Shahabud Dean buses will run free on their normal routes as per their timetables to transport the western division public to Prince Charles Park for the celebrations.

In Suva, the ANZ Stadium is set to host a record breaking crowd for the Monday holiday celebrations.

Seating arrangements have been organised with a podium as the main stage to be erected next to the corporate box.

This podium will also cater for our only gold-winning Olympians.

Gates will be opened at 8:30am and as the Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum had earlier revealed, the celebrations will begin with entertainment by the Fiji Corrections Jazz Band, National Youth Band, Chinese Youth Band and Rishikul Dance Group.

To view the celebrations program for the two venues click here to download.

Bidesi Park will also be used for seating arrangements as an expected number of large crowds converge at the stadium that holds a maximum 20,000 heads.

A total of 11 bus companies will provide free transportation from withing the Suva to Nausori corridor.

This includes:

  • Central Transport
  • Citiline Buses Ltd
  • Dee Cees
  • George Transport
  • Nairs
  • Narere Buses Ltd
  • Nasese Buses Ltd
  • Tebara buses Ltd

The Coastline buses from between Korolevu and Suva and Lodoni Transport Limited servicing QVS, Korovou, Lodoni and RKS are also free to the stadium.

Tacirua Buses that services the larger Naitasiri and Namosi provinces will also provide free bus services on Monday.

The Olympians are set to touch down at the Nadi International Airport by 1:30pm tomorrow after midday and will be in the capital city late Sunday afternoon.