Travel Advice For Celtic Supporters
Helsingborgs IF v Celtic FC
21 August, 2012, 2045hrs(CET)
Di Röe (The Reds)
4 June 1907 (105 years ago)
Address: Box 2074, 250 02 Helsingborg, Sweden
Tel: +46 42 37 70 00
Capacity: 12265 (for UEFA Matches)
Helsingborgs IF is a Swedish football club located in Helsingborg. They are currently playing in the highest Swedish league, Allsvenskan. The Club, formed 4 June 1907, has won five national championship titles and five national cup titles. Helsingborgs IF have also won Allsvenskan on two occasions when the title of Swedish champions was not decided by the outcome of that league.
Celtic FC have been given 600 tickets for this match. The following information has been provided by Helsingborgs IF to assist Celtic fans attending the game.
For fans travelling by coach to the stadium, the recommendation is that fans should be initially dropped off at the Olympia Ground. This will allow them to identify the collection point at the end of the match. The town centre is a short 20 minute walk.
The stadium will open 1 hour prior to kick off.
Access for visiting supporters is provided by 4 turnstiles located at the North West Corner perimeter fence.
As Celtic fans approach the turnstiles, there will be a search cordon in place. Please allow sufficient time to enter the stadium.
E-Tickets are in use and will be read at the entry turnstiles by stewards with hand held E Ticket readers.
Celtic fans are located in the western end of the North Stand. This stand is shared by home fans in what is described as a family section. Seating deck netting and stewards separate home and away supporters.
To access this area, visiting fans can use an external stairway at the rear of the stand or a pitch level gate which is also available for wheelchair users.
A low level wall separates spectators from the perimeter of the pitch and is fitted with emergency exit gates. It is important that fans do not access the pitch area unless directed to do so by the safety stewards on duty.
Male, female and disabled toilet facilities are located at ground level at the rear of the north stand. A refreshment kiosk is also available.
Please note this is a no smoking stadium.
Flares and other pyrotechnics are strictly prohibited by stadium regulations and the law. This important safety matter will be strictly enforced by the authorities and persons in possession of such items will be arrested. Supporters should note that breach of this regulation will leave the Club liable to disciplinary action by UEFA.
At the conclusion of the match, it is likely that Celtic fans will NOT be held in the stadium. Should this change, announcements will be made in English to that effect.
Please note it is an offence to drink alcohol in public on the streets of Helsingborg.
Stewarding and Policing
The local police in Helsingborg are aware of the good reputation enjoyed by Celtic supporters and the positive links between both clubs. Officers of Strathclyde Police will be present to assist our fans. The officers will be in plain clothes and identified by a tabard indicating they are Scottish Police. The officers will also be in possession of their police warrant cards.
In addition, Celtic travel stewards will be in attendance at the stadium. The stewards will be identifiable in high viz jackets and will carry personal identification. The police and stewards are there to assist your visit, please follow their advice.
Celtic FC are grateful to the British Embassy in Stockholm for providing the following advice;
Olympia is located east of Helsingborg’s city centre. The address is Mellersta Stenbocksgatan, 254 37 Helsingborg
How to get to Olympia by public transport from Helsingborg city centre: Take bus number 6 towards Kungshult. Get off at Olympia. The bus stops north of the stadium, which is where the entrance is for the Celtic supporters (by the fountain)
British citizens do not need visas to enter Sweden. Your passport should be in good condition and remain valid for the duration of your stay in Sweden.
Full travel insurance is recommended. You should also bring your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The EHIC card will give you access to Swedish health care if you have an accident or suddenly become ill. You will receive the necessary state-provided medical healthcare for a reduced cost.
Major credit cards are widely accepted in restaurants and taxis etc.
The currency is Swedish Krona. £ 1 = approximately 11 SEK (Aug 2012).
How to withdraw cash: Look for cash points called “Bankomat”(blue) or “Uttag” .
The official language is Swedish but English is spoken widely.
If your British passport is lost or stolen whilst in Sweden, please contact the British Embassy for advice.
The British Embassy in Sweden is located in Stockholm.
115 93 Stockholm
Tel: +46 8 671 3000
Visits to the consular section by appointments only.
The consular telephone lines are open Mon-Fri 9-11am.
There is also an Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark, which is closer from Helsingborg.
2100 Copenhagen Ø
Tel: +45 35 44 52 00
Visits to the consular section by appointments only. Tel: +44 208 082 4738 (between the hours of 9:00 - 18:00 Monday to Friday).
Please note that if your passport is lost or stolen and you need an emergency passport, you will need to book an appointment with the Embassy and bring with you the following:
1 passport photograph
Travel itinerary or flight tickets
The fee (£95) in local currency (or Visa /MC)
The latest travel advice for Sweden can be found at http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/europe/sweden
P.O. Box 10326
100 55 Stockholm
Tel: +46 8 545 04 040
PLEASE TRAVEL SAFELY AND ENJOY THE MATCH.