Westpac Stadium says sorry for locking Guns N' Roses fans out

Slash performs with Guns N' Roses at Westpac Stadium in Auckland last night. Photo/Grant Down
Slash performs with Guns N' Roses at Westpac Stadium in Auckland last night. Photo/Grant Down

Westpac Stadium has apologised for issues with its turnstiles last night after Guns N' Roses fans faced 90-minute delays in the rain.

Queues of thousands of fans stretched for more than 200m outside Westpac Stadium after the venue's turnstiles stopped working.

Guns N' Roses fans were frustrated to be standing in the rain outside the stadium after a problem with the turnstiles. Photo / Supplied
Guns N' Roses fans were frustrated to be standing in the rain outside the stadium after a problem with the turnstiles. Photo / Supplied


Fans outside Westpac Stadium in Wellington waiting for the gates to open. Photo / Supplied
Fans outside Westpac Stadium in Wellington waiting for the gates to open. Photo / Supplied

They were waiting for the first show on the band's two-date New Zealand tour, their first show here since guitarist Slash reunited with front man Axl Rose.

To make matter worse for the 30,000 fans in attendance, it started raining, drenching those in the queues.

* Read a full review of last night's Guns N' Roses show here.</strong>

The Stadium took to Twitter to apologise, blaming the issue on "weather related technical difficulties".

"Gates are now open," it wrote on social media at 6.39pm. They were due to open at 5pm.

"We sincerely apologise for the delay which was due to weather related technical difficulties."


Fans faced further delays once inside the stadium, as fans needed to exchange their tickets for a wristband.

Another fan said queues for drinks lasted up to 45 minutes.



A Herald reviewer said Guns N' Roses appeared on stage an hour past their scheduled 8pm start time, with the delay "unexplained".

Being locked out in the driving rain left fans dispirited. Matt told the Herald queuing in the rain wasn't the best way to spend his evening.

"I'm keen to see the show, but it's pretty cold," he said. "Hope they get those gates open soon, because I didn't bring a jacket."



Guns N' Roses perform at Western Springs in Auckland on Saturday night.

- NZ Herald

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