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National Rugby League's Jim Doyle Cracks Down On Mad Monday Celebrations
Published September 6, 2013
NRL NINES: In Auckland, Steve Deane reported "the prospect of a booze-fuelled Wellington Sevens-style crowd marauding around Mt Eden and Sandringham hasn't gone down well with the Eden Park Residents' Association." However, NRL Nines promoter Dean Lonergan insisted that "locals have nothing to fear from an event that is aiming to attract 96,000 spectators over two days each February." Association President Mark Donnelly said, "Two full days would create a number of issues. We've seen the problems in the past with alcohol consumption over long periods of time, both with one-day cricket and double-header league." Lonergan insisted that the family-friendly nature of the event, cheap food and water options and a hard line on excessive alcohol consumption "would ensure crowd behaviour issues were minimised." Lonergan: "We always want people to have fun but don't tell me for one second that getting pissed as a rat is having fun. You end up with a hangover the next day and people end up doing things that they regret" (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 9/5).