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Lautoka Abuzz Leading Up To Drua’s Second Home Game

Lautoka will be chock-a-block on Saturday with the Sugar City hosting the second Su­per Rugby Pacific match in three weeks.
25 May 2022 17:00
Lautoka Abuzz Leading Up To Drua’s Second Home Game
A birds eye view of Churchill Park in Lautoka on May 24,2022. Photo: Mohit Lal.

Lautoka will be chock-a-block on Saturday with the Sugar City hosting the second Su­per Rugby Pacific match in three weeks.

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua is hosting two time Super Rugby winners Chiefs at Churchill Park at 3pm.

Leading up to the completion of extension and renovation works at Churchill Park, businesses have been flourishing with economic ac­tivities.

With the Chiefs arriving to play the Fijian Drua, anxiety is picking up as locals rush in to purchase their tickets and merchandise.

Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) is ad­vising members of the public that sections of roads within the Lau­toka City Central Business District area will either be closed, or re­stricted temporarily from 6am till 6pm on Saturday.

Police will be at detour locations to direct traffic. There will be one way traffic only at Narara Parade with traffic travelling from Eliza­beth Square towards Yawini Street.

There will also be the one way traffic at Yawini Street, with traffic only travelling from Narara Parade towards Kings Road; public park­ing restrictions will be enforced.

Roads that will be closed with traf­fic restrictions observed include:

  • Verona Street, from Tavewa Av­enue junction to Yawini Street junc­tion,
  • Malolo Street, from Kings Road junction to Verona Street junction, and
  • Nanuya Street, from Kings Road junction to Verona Street junction.

Meanwhile merchandise sales are picking up with outlets slash­ing prices on sportswear, flags and sulu(s).

Bargain Box branch manager Shivnesh Gounder said since they had lowered the prices for flats, sulu(s) and shirts shoppers have been flocking to their Lautoka shop.

“We started selling Drua and Fiji items last week and sales have been going fast,” he said.

Assistant branch manager Vinay Raj said among the hot items are the Fiji flags with the small ones selling at $1 and $4.99 for medium flags.

Simply Styles Clothing Store man­ager Sonia Gounder said they have special discounts to assist fans dress up on the day.

Lautoka and Ba Board of Special Administrators’ Chair Ani Amin says: “The Drua-Chiefs clash is pro­viding the much-needed economic boost.

“Lautoka will be a hype of activity in preparation for the Drua game and obviously, there will be a lot of people coming in and that means more spending,” he said.

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