Special bus to ferry fans for double-header

Cricket and rugby fans will be able to have the best of both worlds tomorrow night.

With two major sporting events scheduled, the Dunedin City Council has decided to put on a free bus service to ferry spectators from the twenty/20 match at the University Oval to the Super 14 game at Carisbrook.

Otago's twenty/20 match against Auckland gets under way at 4pm and is expected to finish at 6.45pm.

People looking to attend both games could have a mad dash across town and scramble to find a park in order to see the Highlanders kick off their campaign against the Brumbies at 7.35pm.

However, the DCC has helped take the stress out of the journey. Buses will leave the Oval at 6.30pm and at 7pm. If needed, an extra bus will leave shortly after 7pm.

Otago leads the twenty/20 competition after winning its first three games and passing 200 with the bat each time.

About 2000 tickets have been sold for the Super 14 game at Carisbrook.

Otago Rugby Football Union officials are hoping for a crowd of between 6000 and 8000 for the game.

The union has run a special promotion to attract children to the game.

The next home game on March 7, between the Highlanders and the Crusaders, will be followed by a concert by rock band Shihad.

The Highlanders finished only 11th last year but have retained more players than normal and are optimistic of a higher-table finish.

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