Organisers of the inaugural Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s today (Tuesday) unveiled details of a new and improved transport plan, including free
shuttle buses, to help get supporters to and from the event this May.
Glasgow Life and Scottish Rugby have confirmed full details of an enhanced shuttle bus service from Glasgow City Centre and Partick Interchange to Scotstoun Stadium on both match days (Saturday 5 May and Sunday 6 May). The services will now be completely free for ticket holders and will operate at regular intervals throughout match weekend. Supporters who had previously paid £2 for the bus service will receive a full refund.
Services from Buchanan Bus Station and Partick Interchange will run up to a maximum of every 3 to 4 minutes between 8am and 2pm on both days. The services will have an operational capacity of 1,330 passengers at all times during these hours. They will then operate at a maximum of every 12 to 15 minutes between 2pm and 4pm, with an operational capacity of 420 passengers at these times.
To ensure the quick departure of supporters at the end of each day 60 double decker buses will shuttle fans to both Buchanan Bus Station and Partick Interchange. These services will operate in two cycles, with a capacity of 8,400 passengers on both days.
With around 30,000 people expected to make their way to the venue over the weekend of May 5 and 6, supporters are being urged to ease the strain on the public transport and use the 7s Priority Shuttle.
A further service will operate on the Saturday to take Glasgow Warriors fans from Scotstoun to Firhill for the match with Connacht, at a cost of £2.
As well as the dedicated shuttle bus, Park and Walk schemes will also be introduced, at a cost of £2. The park and walk sites will be in official stewarded areas within a 20-minute walk of the venue, although spaces will be limited.
The sites at the GTG Training Centre, St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School, Scotstoun Primary School and Knightswood pitches will have a capacity for around 500 cars, while Jordanhill Campus will be used to accommodate around 120 coaches as part of the Scottish Rugby Festival of Rugby programme. Ticket holders must pre-book their parking space and will not be able to drive up and park on the day. There will be further coach parking spaces for supporters’ buses at South Street.
A spokesman for Glasgow Life said: “The Glasgow 7s is shaping up to be a truly world-class event and is already proving a hot ticket with fans. It will be the first time we have held an event of this size at Scotstoun and this transport plan will help ensure we get around 30,000 fans to and from the stadium as quickly and conveniently as possible. The free shuttle bus services and the park and walk schemes will make a real difference to travelling fans and will minimise the strain on the public transport network.”
Dominic McKay, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Scottish Rugby, said: “A lot of work has gone into making it as easy as possible for fans to get to Scotstoun. There’s no doubt it was a big challenge to take an event of this magnitude away from Murrayfield and move it along the M8 but this plan means that people from all over the country can arrive in the heart of Glasgow and get to Scotstoun on their very own dedicated, free service.
“Tickets have been selling really well and we don’t want anyone to be disappointed on the day so I’d encourage all sports fans in Glasgow to get their tickets early and we’ll see you in Scotsoun in May.”
The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s will be the first chance for rugby fans in Glasgow to see the best in the world in the heat of battle. It will be a first visit to the city for the reigning series champions, the All Blacks, with South Africa, Fiji, France and Australia amongst the core teams.
The entire stadium compound at Scotstoun will be used through the weekend for the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s. Around the main pitch, three stands are under construction, which will take the total capacity to fifteen thousand. It will create an enclosed arena in the best traditions of Scottish sevens tournaments. The fans will be up close to the action whether in the Main Stand, the Festival Stand or the Party Stand.
Scott Hastings, Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s Ambassador, was at Scotstoun today (Tuesday April 10) to see the first stands being built. He said: “It’s fantastic to see the stands being built, it’s now a reality that Glasgow will play host to this incredible weekend of sevens rugby.
“The atmosphere will be brilliant with the fans so close to the pitch and with everything else going on around Scotstoun, it’s a weekend not to be missed. The HSBC Sevens Series is reaching its climax and it’s going to be a very exciting couple of days. At events around the world there is a festival atmosphere and it will be tremendous to have a big crowd roaring on the teams.”
While the international teams warm up behind the Festival Stand, the Festival of Rugby for clubs from the west of Scotland will take place right next door putting the local players alongside some of the best in the business.
Kids ‘come and try’ skill zones will be held on the artificial pitches to the right of the main entrance and a special autograph zone is being created for the space right outside the teams’ main base.
The Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s will be a party atmosphere, a festival of world class rugby sevens right in the heart of the city.