Further to our announcement that Sinclair Street will unfortunately have to remain open before and after each game starting tomorrow, we fully acknowledge that the safety of all fans attending the game is paramount.
We are also acutely aware that Sinclair Street has very limited footpath space to allow for free pedestrian movement along Sinclair Street as well as allowing fans to queue for tickets and turnstiles prior to the game.
The plan to keep fans safe on the footpath and also ensure that they are in the correct queue has had to be simplified due to the limited options available and are as follows:
Ticket booth – Fans are asked to queue, if required, on the inside area of the footpath, closest to the stadium. The queue will be formed towards East Hamilton Street and a steward will stand at the end of it to direct fans.
Main Stand turnstiles – Fans are asked to queue, if required, on the outside of the footpath. The queue will also be formed towards East Hamilton Street. Again, a steward will stand at the end of it to direct fans.
Terracing turnstiles – Fans walking from the ticket booth or from the railway bridge end of Sinclair Street are asked to queue, if required, on the footpath towards the railway bridge and enter the two turnstiles closest to them.
Fans walking from East Hamilton Street are asked to queue, if required, on the footpath towards East Hamilton Street and enter the two turnstiles closest to them. Stewards will be at the end of each queue to assist.
Similarly, immediately after the game there will be a high volume of people exiting on to the footpath which will cause some congestion.
In reality, if there is no vehicle traffic on Sinclair Street then, as with any other busy footpath, pedestrians will naturally walk on to the edge of the roadway to pass.
This is NOT recommended for safety reasons. However, should anyone step on to the roadway for this purpose then extreme caution must be taken.
For generations, fans leaving Cappielow have had the benefit of walking straight on to the road in the knowledge that it was closed and presented no danger to them.
It is perfectly understandable that fans will forget to look for cars which is why personal safety is paramount. Tannoy announcements will convey this message before the game, at half-time and at full-time.
Signs will also be displayed and stewards will remind everyone at the exit gates. Thank you for you patience and understanding, and with your full co-operation we will keep everyone safe.
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