New traffic access and parking restrictions will go into effect in Dockyard on May 26th, with the official opening of the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda’s Great Sound.
The ACBDA announced more details on transportation links to the America’s Cup Village during the race series. A road checkpoint will be set up at Grey’s Bridge, only accredited and public service vehicles will have full access, and private car private car owners will be required to pre-book and pay for parking online in advance.
A spokesperson said: “”There will be a road checkpoint operating just after Boaz Island, at Grey’s Bridge, from 10:30am each day the AC Village is open. This will only allow accredited and public service vehicles, including taxis and minibuses through to Dockyard, as well as all motorbikes and scooters.”
Due to restricted parking availability for cars, “there will be restricted access for private cars to Dockyard on race days between 10:30am and 4pm (2pm to 8pm on May 26th, the first day of racing and the night of the official Opening Ceremony)”.
Transportation tickets are now available for the public to book ferry tickets and parking in advance. Bookings must be made online at www.americascup.com/tickets. And AC ticketholders are encouraged to use the “dedicated ferry services” running out of Hamilton daily with additional services from St George’s on weekends.
Organisers noted that using the fast ferries “will reduce the volume of traffic and possible congestion on the roads in the west end”. The ACBDA developed the “detailed transportation plan” with the Department of Marine & Ports and other government agencies to “ensure that thousands of sepctators can travel easily and efficiently”.
The new Cross Island facility opens to the public at 3pm on Friday, May 26th with the first Louis Vuitton AC Qualifier races set to start at 5pm. The official Opening Ceremony gets underway at 8:30pm, featuring “Bermuda’s legendary musician Gene Steede and a line-up of other great local entertainers… followed by fireworks and other great surprises for the audience”.
The ferry schedule for day one has four ferries travelling west in time for the first race and at least six ferries returning to Hamilton at various times at the end of the night. The service will also run out of St George’s and passengers will have the option to ride a free shuttle train from in front of the Clocktower Mall to the AC Village.
Other transportation options include public buses, or taxis and motorbikes are recommended as “these vehicles will have full access to Dockyard as normal”. Local residents are encouraged to ride their motorbike “as parking is FREE and there’s plenty of it close” to the main entrance. Helmets cannot be taken into the event and must be stored on the bike.
Spectator boat passengers leaving Dockyard are advised to travel by public ferry, bus, taxi or pre-arranged transport and be at their assigned dock 30 minutes before their scheduled departure time.
Large parking lots have been assigned for those who choose to drive their car but parking must be pre-booked online in advance. Parking lots have been arranged at Boaz Island Sports Field, Warren Simmons Field, Somerset Primary, Sandys Middle School and West End Primary.
Organisers anticipate that “not all parking areas will be required and will only be opened as needed”. “Boaz Island Sports Filed will be the primary parking area and on high traffic days the other fields will be opened as needed.
“The Park n Ride online parking rate is $25 per car when booked in advance and $30 per car if booked within 24 hours of use. The ACBDA said: “The online system will automatically book the closest available parking area. This includes all passengers and the return shuttle service to the AC Village. Shuttle serive is available from each area and runs on a 15-minute loop, either by ferry or minibus (includes accessibility).”
* The America’s Cup Village is open daily from May 26th to June 27th except for the following days when it will be closed: June 1st, June 5th, June 9th, June 14th, June 15th, June 16th, June 19th, June 22nd and June 23rd. Ongoing transportation information is available hon acbda.bm/transport.