Supporters Information for
Arbroath v Celtic, December 12, 2012
Celtic supporters travelling to Wednesday's William Hill Scottish Cup 4th round replay at Arbroath should allow sufficient time for the 7.45pm kick off. The stadium will open at 6.45pm and supporters are asked to access the stadium as quickly as possible on arrival.
Supporters travelling by bus are asked to use only the official away parking area immediately adjacent to the away turnstiles. Coach parking will not be permitted in any other area. No parking is available for private cars in the vicinity of the stadium although limited spaces are available near to the harbour.
Roadworks resulting in lane closures are in place on both carriageways of the A90 at Dundee and will cause delays.
Celtic fans travelling to the game are urged not to take flares or any other pyrotechnics into the ground. Smoke set off in a football stadium is not safe and may adversely affect persons who suffer from breathing disorders. In recent events flares have also inadvertently caused seats to burn and may obviously have serious consequences if flags are ignited. Police are rightly treating this issue very seriously and any persons caught with flares in the ground or attempting to bring them into the stadium will be arrested. Both Arbroath and Celtic Football Club view the introduction of smoke to any ground as unsafe, this is a very serious health and safety matter and any persons identified as responsible may be subject to Club sanctions.
Our priority is the safety of all our supporters and we thank you for your assistance and co-operation with the above.
Surfing flags and any telescopic poles will not be permitted into the ground. Flags on sticks are also not permitted. Tayside Police inform us that spot checks will be carried out on supporter's buses travelling both to and away from the ground in relation to the carriage of alcohol. In addition to checking buses supporters of both teams will be subject to random searches prior to entry of the ground.
Whilst it is envisaged that some supporters coaches will travel from the north into Arbroath via the A92 the bulk of Celtic F.C. supporters coaches will travel from Glasgow and the south and will travel eastwards on the A92 via Dundee and continue eastwards entering Arbroath via Elliot. Coaches will thereafter continue straight ahead at the mini-roundabout at it’s junction with Westway. They will continue eastwards and pass under the railway bridge (note the 14’3” height limit) at Dundee Road. Double-decker coaches will be required to take the alternative route, heading Northwards on Westway, coming back onto the A92 via Keptie Road or Cairnie Road and onto Burnside Drive.
Coaches will be directed into the West end of Queens Drive. This will be one way in an anti-clockwise direction and will park against both kerbs. The front vehicles to be parked just South of the entrance to Pleasureland. The area between the junction of Queens Drive (east) and the front entrance to Pleasureland Amusements is to be kept as a sterile area.
Road Closures and parking restrictions all to be in place and enforced for 0800 hours.
There will be no specific arrangements made for supporters travelling in cars or general traffic. As a suggestion parking may be found at the Westway Retail Park, the harbour, the Arbroath High School Sports Centre, Abbeygate Shopping Centre, Keptie Pond area, public car parks at Milgate/North Grimsby,
Coach Parking will be arranged anti-clockwise (both sides) in Queens Drive starting from the entrance to Pleasureland westwards and southwards until the toilet facility opposite the old Waterfront Night club.
Disabled Parking (max 8 spaces) will be available at the ground to the rear of Pleasureland
Post match Arrangements
At the conclusion of the match Celtic supporters coaches will be loaded with passengers and will be escorted in convoy out of Queens Drive, turning left onto the A92 Dundee road and escorted beyond the roundabout at Elliot. The coaches will be allowed to continue on towards Scott Fyfe Roundabout, Dundee