Lions guests at Alexandra Park were ‘absolutely brilliant'
300 Lions guests at Alexandra Park were ‘absolutely brilliant’
Alexandra Park has described being an official pop-up campervan site as a great experience during the two All Blacks vs The British & Irish Lions Tests at Eden Park.
This weekend another 300 Lions fans stayed in their campervans at Alexandra Park, with several to stay on again tonight.
“As guests they’ve been absolutely brilliant and it has been a pleasure to have them. They were in such good spirits, loved a good laugh, and were clearly buoyed by the Test series being a draw. They were no problem whatsoever and I hope we can do it again one day,” says Joel Reichardt, Alexandra Park’s Sales & Marketing Manager.
“We were delighted to work with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) to help the city cope with the influx of fans and ensure they had a great visit to Auckland.”
Facilities available to campers at Alexandra Park’s non-powered sites included plenty of toilets and showers, dumping facilities, charging stations, on-site security, a pop-up information centre and 24/7 telephone helpline, not to mention access to their licenced premises, specific food and beverage deals, and free entry to Alexandra Park’s Friday night trots.
Mr Reichardt says Alexandra Park’s newly upgraded
onsite sports bar, the Alex Bar & Eatery, was a hive of
activity and atmosphere over the weekend with many All
Blacks supporters also enjoying the banter.
During the Lions tour Alexandra Park fielded a number of media enquiries, including from The Guardian, with reporters curious as to how the Lions fans were faring.
“This has given New Zealand some great publicity, and I was so proud to hear of the wonderful experiences the Lions fans have had around the country. They really embraced the tour, and so we were delighted to play a small and positive role in it.”
Mr Reichardt says what made him laugh the most was just how many Lions fans were getting around in their red short-sleeve shirts and shorts despite the cold and rainy weather, with many claiming the weather was still better than what they were used to!