50,000 football fans expected at Celtic Park for Scottish Cup Final

Nearly 50,000 football fans will be in Glasgow on Saturday 17 May 2014, for the 2014 Scottish Cup Final between St Johnstone and Dundee United.

Nearly 50,000 football fans will be in Glasgow on Saturday 17 May 2014, for the 2014 Scottish Cup Final between St Johnstone and Dundee United.

Officers from Police Scotland would like to extend a warm welcome to Glasgow for all supporters as they come to cheer on their team.

Chief Superintendent Andy Bates, Divisional Commander of Greater Glasgow Division and Match Commander for the game:

“The build up to the Scottish Cup Final is always exciting and we want fans from both clubs to enjoy the day and I hope it is an unforgettable one for everyone involved.

Public safety is a key issue with a large number of people travelling to Celtic Park to take part in what will be a truly memorable occasion. Police Scotland would like everyone to get to the stadium safely and would ask supporters to ensure they allow sufficient time for their journeys.

Additional trains will be running on the day and Police Scotland, along with British Transport Police, urges supporters to be considerate of all passengers. Motorists are reminded to allow extra time for their journey, or if not going to the game to avoid the area during that time.

We would remind supporters that alcohol is not permitted on buses and coaches, and officers will be stopping vehicles as part of a national initiative to ensure compliance with legislation. Supporters should also be aware that consumption of alcohol in a public place is an offence in Glasgow; it is also an offence to bring, or attempt to bring alcohol into the stadium. If you turn up drunk, you’ll be refused entry.

Similarly, it is illegal to try and enter the stadium in possession of a flare or smoke bomb; these items are extremely dangerous and can cause injury. Anyone attempting to enter the stadium in possession of such items will be arrested.

We would like to reassure supporters that we will be on hand to assist in enjoying what we are sure will be a truly memorable day.”

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