Travel Advice For Celtic Supporters
HJK Helsinki v Celtic FC
8 August, 2012, 2000hrs(EEST)
|Nickname(s)||Klubi (The Club)|
June 19, 1907; 105 years ago
HJK Helsinki is the biggest and most successful Finnish football club with 24 Finnish Championships, 11 Finnish Cup and Finnish League Cup titles. As the name implies, HJK is based in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Formally HJK had ice hockey, bowling, field, hockey, handball and figure skating. In 1972 the hockey section separated in to independent club.
Nicknamed ‘The Club’, HJK was founded in 1907 by Fredrik Wathen. Four years later the club won its first Championship title. Many of Finland’s internationally most successful players have played for HJK before moving abroad, including Jari Litmanen, Aki Riihilahti, Mikael Forssell, Teemu Pukki and Alexander Ring. Also HJK is the country’s biggest club in youth football with some 2000 young players in several different youth teams all over Helsinki region.
Surface: Artificial Turf
Field Size: 105 x 68m
Capacity: 10,500 spectators
The Stadium was inaugurated in 2000
it is located next to the Helsinki Olympic Stadium
It is also used for some friendlies by the Finnish National Team. It hosted the final of the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship.
Celtic FC have been given 800 tickets for this match. The following information has been provided by HJK Helsinki to assist Celtic fans attending the match.
Parking for visitors is located next to the ice hockey Arena close to the visitors section of the stadium.
Celtic supporters are located in the North Stand within Sections 116-119.
Access is provided by four turnstiles located on the stadium perimeter fence.
E tickets are in use with a bar code reader at each turnstile. Turnstiles will open an hour and a half before kick off.
The stadium management is responsible for searching all spectators and for checking they are in possession of a valid ticket.
Flares and other pyrotechnics are strictly prohibited by stadium regulations and law. This important safety matter will be strictly enforced by the authorities and persons in possession of such items will be arrested.
Please note it is an offence to drink alcohol in public on the streets of Helsinki.
Stewarding and Policing
The local police in Helsinki are aware of the good reputation enjoyed by Celtic supporters. 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.
Celtic FC are grateful to the British Embassy in Helsinki for providing the following advice.
British citizens do not need visas to enter Finland.
Your passport should be in good condition and remain valid for the duration of your stay in Finland.
Full travel insurance is recommended.
If you have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), remember that medical care and medicine is not completely free of charge like in UK.
Finland is an EU country. There is no need to register with local police on arrival, unless you plan to stay over 3months.
Major credit cards are widely accepted in restaurants, taxis etc.
Currency: £ 1 = approximately EURO 1,20 (July 2012).
FOREX: money exchange & Western Union office at railway station open Mon-Fri from 8am to 8pm.
Look for yellow “OTTO” sign ( http://www.otto.fi/in-english/)
Nearest ATMs to SoneraStadium are located at: number 76 or 58 Mannerheimintie. ATMs also at airport, railway station and in the centre of town.
Local bus: 615 from airport to main railway station (2km from Sonera Stadium) – tickets from driver at €4.50 (please pay with small change).
Taxis are expensive, from Airport to stadium €50-60 (30-40mins), Yellow Line minibus taxis can take several persons at a lower rate (5-7 persons =£60) booking desk at arrival level.
Official language: Finnish and Swedish – English spoken widely.
British Embassy - Visits by appointment only www.ukinfinland.fco.gov.uk
Itainen Puistotie 17,
Tel: +358 9 2286 5100
(consular lines open Mon-Fri 10am-12noon, for emergencies 9am to 4pm, after hours your call is connected to Foreign and Commonwealth Office helpline in London open 24/7)
Fax: +358 9 2286 5262
If you lose your passport, the embassy in Helsinki is not able to replace it. Instead, you may apply for an Emergency Travel Document, which is valid for one trip back to UK only. It costs €124 (as per 30July12) – payment in cash or Visa or MasterCard only. You will need to provide: 2 fresh biometric photos (colour – photo booths at railway station), flight tickets, police report if possible, any other id you may hold.
Straightforward applications can be processed in 2hours.
Local tourist info – http://www.visithelsinki.fi/en ( INFO at railway station open from 9am to 6pm)
Erottajankatu 7 A
Main Tel: +358 9 682 4240
Fax: +358 9 646022
PLEASE TRAVEL SAFELY AND ENJOY THE MATCH.