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Celtic v Arsenal at Celtic Park, Glasgow

With two major events taking place within Glasgow on Tuesday 18 August 2009 it is likely that there will be delays due to the significant number of people using the roads and transport systems across the city.

Fans travelling to Celtic Park by car are asked to allow sufficient time to arrive early at the Stadium for kick off.

Supporters opting to use public transport from the city centre should take into account the large volumes of people travelling not only to Celtic Park but also to Hampden and again are asked to allow for plenty of time to arrive in time for the kick off.

Irish band The Undertones will provide the pre-match entertainment at the ground starting their set at 7 pm.

Strathclyde Police would like to remind supporters that drinking on the street or in a public place is an offence in Scotland. It is also an offence to carry an open container of alcohol.  Anyone caught will receive a £40 fixed penalty notice.

Alcohol or carrying controlled containers is also prohibited on public transport including buses and trains as well as within the stadium.

Major Road Works – Springfield Rd, Glasgow
As a result of continuing development work on the site of the National Indoor Sports Arena, Springfield Rd is closed to ALL traffic between London Rd and Bogside St, Glasgow.

Pedestrian access is available with temporary footpaths available.

Visiting supporters making their way to Celtic Park by coach on the M74 are advised to use the following route

  • Turn left at the exit from the M74 onto Fullarton Rd and continue to Cambuslang Rd.
  • Continue to Bogleshole Rd turning right onto the A724 Cambuslang Rd heading generally west.
  • Travel on Cambuslang Rd turning right onto the A749 Afton Rd and thereafter onto Dalmarnock Rd.
  • Cross over the River Clyde and towards the junction with Springfield Rd.
  • Officers from Strathclyde Police will direct you to the coach parking area.
  • Thereafter make your way on foot to the Stadium on Springfield Rd.

We advise that roadworks are also in place on the M74 at the Fullarton Interchange (narrow lanes) and on the M8 near to the Arkleston Bridge, Paisley.

Parking restrictions are also in place on London Rd between Fielden St and the M74 junction.

Parking for cars is available at the following areas

  • Dalriada St
  • Holywell St
  • Gallowgate near to Holywell St (Creameries Car Park)

(No access to Dalriada St or Holywell St 1 hour prior to kick off)

Police advice to football fans
Strathclyde Police is advising supporters and fans to leave plenty of time to get to their event on Tuesday 18 August 2009 as around 120, 000 people are expected to descend upon the city for the UEFA Champions League play-off at Celtic Park between Celtic and Arsenal FC, and to the U2 concert.

Due to the large number of people travelling across the city, the Force’s priority is to make sure that everyone gets to and from both the concert and the football match safely, on time and without incident.

Additional officers will be on duty in the city and will be patrolling the road network to minimise disruption and congestion.

Assistant Chief Constable Fiona Taylor from Strathclyde Police Operational Support Division, who is in charge policing of both events, said:

“Having these two big events on the same day is a challenge for the Force and for local communities. However, we will have the resources in place to minimise disruption and we are aware of the impact such events have on local residents.

“Our main consideration at this time is to get people to and from both events safely and on time.  I would urge spectators to use public transport wherever possible.

“Officers will patrol and monitor traffic hotspots, particularly at peak times, to facilitate the smooth passage of vehicles. If you are driving, please park in the designated parking zones as illegal parking can restrict emergency service access and disadvantage local residents.”

With regard to the routes for both events, advice can be found on the Force’s website

For the Celtic v Arsenal game
Celtic Park is only two miles from Glasgow City Centre and is easily accessible via the M8 (Junction 13) and the M74 motorway (Fullerton Roundabout), however, there are a number of roadworks ongoing in and around the city centre. Supporters are advised to leave plenty time for their journey. 

Arsenal supporters’ buses will be directed from the M74 to the ‘away’ car park to the south of the stadium on Millerfield Road, Glasgow.

There will be parking restrictions on London Road between Fielden Street and the M74 junction, and there is limited parking for private cars on Dalriada Street, Holywell Street and the Gallowgate.

Further information is available from Celtic’s and Arsenal’s websites and

There will be no access to Celtic Park without a valid ticket. 

Supporters are reminded that drinking on the street or in a public place is an offence in Scotland. It is also an offence to carry an open container of alcohol.

Anyone caught will receive a £40 fixed penalty notice.

Carrying alcohol or controlled containers is also prohibited on public transport including buses and trains as well as within the stadium.

ACC Fiona Taylor continued:

“It is testament to the city that it has the facilities to host such big events, and we will ensure that as much as possible is done to help make the day a success, and one which passes off without serious incident or inconvenience.”

If you need any more information before travelling, please email Strathclyde Police at

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14 Aug 2009