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Dundee United celebration plans

People in Dundee will get the chance to give Dundee United a rousing return home on Sunday (May 16) if they win the Scottish Cup on Saturday (May 15).

If the team is successful, there will be a city centre celebration in the City Square, followed by a similar event at Tannadice. This will provide supporters and well wishers the opportunity to choose a venue to see the trophy and allow as many people as possible to join in the hoped for celebrations.

Lord Provost John Letford said: “I would like to take this opportunity to wish Dundee United every success in the Scottish Cup Final on Saturday.

“We are extremely proud of the team’s efforts in reaching the final and we are all hoping that they can bring the cup back to Dundee. The club has already brought great honour to the city and I would like to send my best wishes to the team ahead of the final.”

The plan for twin celebrations in the city centre and at Tannadice would allow as many fans as possible to see the team with the cup on their return to Dundee if they are successful. Supporters are asked to come early to both venues.

Dundee United Director Derek Robertson said: “We’d all like to stress that these are contingency arrangements only and that we’re taking nothing for granted nor making any assumptions about the result.

"Obviously, however, we’re all hoping that the cup will come back to Dundee and, in view of the amount of planning and external bodies involved, it is necessary to have these contingency plans in place well ahead of the time. I’m sure similar plans are also in place at Dingwall."

Proposed Event Sunday 16 May 2010

12.00 noon   Pre event entertainment in the city centre

1.00pm          Arrival of the team at City Square.

1.10pm          The Lord Provost will welcome the team and officials and the trophy will be presented to supporters from the City Chambers balcony.

2.15pm          An open top bus will take the team to Tannadice via Victoria Road.

2.30pm          The bus will arrive at Tannadice and the trophy will be paraded around the ground.

Operational Issues City Centre:

Access to City Square will be stewarded and numbers will be restricted on safety grounds.

An area for wheelchair users will be provided in the South West Corner of City Square.

A large screen will be positioned at Boots corner to relay balcony proceedings.

Fist Aid and lost children facilities will be located at Boots corner.

Operational Issues Tannadice Park

Access to Tannadice will be controlled by entry via the turnstiles which will be open from 1.00pm. Supporters are urged to arrive early to ensure entry as it may be necessary to close turnstiles if capacity restrictions are met in some, or all, of the areas.

The JLeague Finals are being played at Tannadice and will conclude at 2.00pm with a presentation to the winners. Other entertainment will be provided until the Dundee United team arrives at 2.30pm.

Press Release Date: Thursday 13 May 2010