The City of Moncton is offering free transportation services to the two remaining FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup matches, following complaints by some spectators about the event's parking system.
People who have tickets for the Aug. 17 quarter-final match and the Aug 20 semi-final match will be able to use the Park ‘N Ride service from the Moncton Coliseum or Codiac Transpo after 2 p.m. for free, said city spokesperson Nicole Melanson.
The Park 'N Ride shuttle to the University of Moncton stadium previously cost $10.
"Since the tournament has begun we have received some feedback from visitors and citizens and so forth, regarding transportation," said Melanson.
Earlier this week, Lesley Griffiths, of Halifax, told CBC News she was not impressed.
"It would be bad enough if it were a free shuttle, but now you tell me I have to pay? That's amazing," she had said.
"I mean, I travelled quite a long way to come here so — not happy."
City officials could not immediately say how much offering the free transportation will cost the city.
But the city is looking at it as a learning experience, said Don MacLellan, general manager of community safety services.
“Considering that Moncton is the smallest city to host both the 2014 and 2015 tournaments, there are learnings for all parties in terms of how we serve the fans," he said.
"These nuances will be applied to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015, and public transportation will be a key piece in this in an effort to make it the best possible experience for all fans."
Moncton will host seven games during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada in June 2015.
Those games, which will include a Round of 16 matchup, will also all be played at the University of Moncton stadium.