Scotland v Israel: Covid passes and Hampden transport warnings — key info for sell-out clash

SCOTLAND looks set for a sell-out support as they take on Isreal at Hampden on Saturday.

With just a few days to go, the national stadium is set for capacity for the first time since 2017 for the crunch World Cup qualifier. 

The national men’s 1-0 victory in Austria last month gave fans hope yet again of making the tournament, leading to all 51,866 tickets flying out the door.

But with Covid still most certainly here, much discussion has loomed around vaccine passports and other disruption ahead of the game.

Here, we outline the key things you need to know if you’re heading to Hampden Park.

Vaccine passports

With the chaotic launch of the Covid passport scheme some fans may be wondering what they need to do when attending the game.

It’s understood that those attending Hampden Park will require proof of vaccination, if asked, but it will not be completley enforced. 

The Scottish FA released a stament to fans which said: “All supporters are requested to bring their COVID vaccine status (proof of double vaccine certificate) to Hampden Park, where spot checks will be in operation.

“Saturday’s match will act as a trial run prior to the scheme being formally enforced from 18 October.

 

“Supporters will not be refused entry to the match on Saturday if they do not have their proof of vaccination. 

“Your Certificate can be a printed or an electronic copy.”

The spot checks could lead to some delays in fans getting inside the ground, so fans are being encouraged to plan ahead and allow time for this. 

Turnstiles will open at 3pm, two hours before kick-off.

Trains

With the increase in supporters comes an increase in transport as Scotrail add increased services to stations close to Hampden.

A spokesman for Scotrail said: “To help fans get to the game, we’ll be adding more seats to trains to Mount Florida and on key routes to and from the city centre.

“Customers should, however, plan their journeys in advance and make sure they buy their tickets before they board.

“We’re asking fans to head back to the station as soon as you can after the final whistle, and not to leave it to the last train of the night to get home.

“We wish the Scotland national team the best of luck in their crucial World Cup Qualifier against Israel on Saturday.”

Buses

A spokesman for First Buses said that they already have a high frequency of services in the area, so will not be adding any extra.

They will have buses operating as usual around the stadium including services 75, 7/7A serving the Aikenhead Road end and then services 5 & 6 serving the Mount Florida end.

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