The Hertz Sevens gets under way this Thursday as the 16 international teams parade through the city centre - followed by two action-packed game days at Westpac Stadium in front of 35,000 fans dressed in crazy costumes.
The Council's Sports and Events Portfolio Leader, Councillor John Morrison, says there will be a few new additions to this hugely popular carnival.
"This year we've got volunteers handing out free water to fans walking along the waterfront to the stadium. More food stalls will be set up along this route and we'll also trial food stalls in Courtenay Place on Saturday night."
Courtenay Place and some surrounding streets will be closed to traffic from 5.00pm, Saturday 2 February until 6.00am, Sunday 3 February (see public notices). Buses and taxis will be re-routed.
There will be vehicle access for residents who use off-street parking - note that it's helpful if you have some proof of residency. If you live in the affected areas and have a query, phone (04) 499 4444.
We also remind bars to be responsible hosts by providing free water and having food available.
"Bars have an important role to play in providing a safe and enjoyable night out, and we're also urging people to look after themselves and their mates," says Cr Morrison.
"And remember that the 24-hour liquor ban in the central city still stands, so don't bring your own drinks. We want everyone to have a fun and safe Sevens weekend."
The Hertz Sevens street parade is on this Thursday, starting at 12.45pm from the corner of Ballance Street, then along Lambton Quay, Willis and Mercer streets to Civic Square.