Alcohol, if you’re rich enough

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As you and I know, alcohol is sold at football games.  If you are in a corporate seat, you can drink before kick-off, at halftime and again at fulltime.  Prohibition only applies to the cheap seats.

Alcohol-related issues remain a problem in towns across Scotland in the hours after big games, but suggestions by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, that there is a potential correlation between those drinking from cheap seats at games and violence (including the domestic kind) are simply unfounded.  People are free to get tanked up before and after games, the wealthy can do so during games, and millions can do so in pubs and at home while watching games on TV.

I have some concerns about reintroducing alcohol for the rest of us.  Alcohol requires appropriate infrastructure and ambiance – like there is at the Kerrydale Suite, for example.  The North Stand Upper, where I sit, does not have the space, supervision capabilities, or even the toilets to become an appropriate venue to encourage the consumption of any more fluids.  In the 20 years it’s been up, it’s never had enough paper towels to make it to halftime, and may God go with you, if you need to spend a longer visit, but don’t let that be a reason to stop the rest of you.

Modern football stadiums have many safe areas where alcohol can be consumed.  Those who cannot handle their drink, would find themselves supervised to within an inch of a football banning order. Scotland needs to learn what a healthy attitude to alcohol looks like – check out the Kerrydale Suite for a glimpse.

Build the lounges, toilets, and grills.  Put carpet down, dress stewards in black ties, have them welcome fans as “Sir” or “Madam”, treat football fans like responsible adults.  It works in the hospitality areas and in the Kerrydale Suite, it’ll work from Palmerston to Peterhead.

Thank you for the tremendous response yesterday to the line-up for the CQN11 St Patrick’s Dinner.  We have (St) Packy Bonnar, Tommy Coyne and Joe Miller for a Q&A, an unmissable address on Jock Stein by Archie Macpherson, and Celtic’s First Lady of Song, Patricia Ferns, for those of you who enjoy a song or dance.  Let me know if you’re still looking for tickets,
celticquicknews@gmail.com

And Celtic, how hard can it be to put enough paper towels in the toilets? I love the family approach the club has now, but bringing kids means dealing with the toilets, and that’s never a highlight of the trip.

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  1. Hamiltotim,

     

    I was just curious as i met one the guys thats ran that bus for years, gave me his number if I’m looking for away tickets. Will probably take him up on his offer. Thanks

  2. I really can’t be arsed to investigate and I’m sure someone on here will enlighten me – do you have to declare it to the tax man if you’re invited to corporate hospitality or does the host company have to declare and pay a tax on their largesse?

  3. neilymochansmagicsponge on

    Philbhoy

     

     

    Small world indeed. It was great meeting you and look forward to a future round of golf.

     

     

    Hail Hail, and looking forward to a win on Thursday

  4. Re Rangers EGM

     

     

    Serious (ish) point amidst the hilarity about yet another hotel chucking them ( though as someone whose hotel in Vegas is being shut down perhaps I am not one to slag them for that).

     

     

    It does though seem that King has some chance of winning – though those old fixed charges over various assets in favour of Ashley will still be in place.

     

     

    The 4th of March 2015 will of course be the 21st anniversary of Fergus McCann taking over at Celtic ( with the help of some allies). Should Honest Dave win I wonder when the Record will compare him unfairly with a dictator in a far off land such as President Assad

     

     

    Jimbo67

  5. Celtic send tickets out in the normal post.

     

    Why are we subjected to this ridiculous postage fee for games at Hampdump?

  6. Gearoid1998

     

     

    Absolutely no problems my friend. I was genuinely touched by Phil’s offer and perhaps that was the more important part of my message.

     

     

    I’ll be okay but it will be a bumpy ride.

     

     

    Jimbo67

  7. Noticed a few posts from earlier today regarding searches by stewards at stadiums

     

    I post a link to Celtic FCs ground regulations which are more or less uniform for every football stadium in this land. Section 17 seems to apply and it is not specific as to who carries out the search. Attend any major event in Glasgow be it the Hydro The SECC or elsewhere and you can be subjected to a search by stewards before entry

     

     

     

    http://www.celticfc.net/tickets/firsttimefans

  8. Burghbhoy –

     

     

    Wrong.

     

     

    The semi-final tickets were subject to the same postage charge and were sent by recorded delivery.

     

     

    The final tickets will also be sent by recorded delivery.

  9. burghbhoy

     

     

    18:08 on 17 February, 2015

     

     

    There is an option when you apply for away tickets wether you want them delivered First Class(not insured) or special delivery(insured)

  10. Evening friends

     

     

    Thankfully got allocated a ticket for CF… got two for semi but only allocated one for the final. Early to Celtic Park on Thursday to hopefully resolve eh and then the pub. What’s the deal on Thursday for alcohol who’s going where about three ish….

     

     

    Ayrshire is Green and White

     

     

    HH

  11. The Battered Bunnet

     

     

    There are so many to choose from:)every day is different even on the same hill

     

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    Saltires en sevilla

     

    I love the hills all about there.i would plan to build my house atop any number of them if i were allowed,but just bivvy now.i done some climbing in the past but not for 15years or so.but content to tip about now without ropes.

     

    It is just good being out toddling

     

     

    The Arrochar Inn does a great bowl of soup.if you head round loch long in direction of Inverary you will come to Loch fyne oysters, if you like your fish its a def pit stop.

     

    Enjoy mate;-)

     

    :-)

     

    HH

  12. murdochbhoy,

     

     

    I’ve been on many occassions to corporate hospitality, the only cash outlay I have had is with my betting, as I never win :((

  13. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Quintessentially British FC getting chased from the Capital.

     

     

    How embarrassing!

     

     

    London Says No Way.

  14. jimbo67

     

     

    Big cloud over us since December but just getting on with things mate.

     

     

    mickbhoy1888

     

     

    18:19 on 17 February, 2015

     

    Noticed a few posts from earlier today regarding searches by stewards at stadiums

     

    I post a link to Celtic FCs ground regulations which are more or less uniform for every football stadium in this land. Section 17 seems to apply and it is not specific as to who carries out the search. Attend any major event in Glasgow be it the Hydro The SECC or elsewhere and you can be subjected to a search by stewards before entry

     

     

    http://www.celticfc.net/tickets/firsttimefans

     

     

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    Not strictly accurate mate. Earlier posts suggesting that you can refuse a search by a steward and ask for it to be carried out by a police officer are correct.

  15. lynott67

     

     

    I stay out here most of the time these days so it makes sense to travel from Cumbernauld.

     

     

    BC! Nutter!!! :-)

  16. The Newnewnewco Board are playing a blinder!

     

     

    Wouldn’t surprise me if all the hoo-hah directed towards the hotels was self-inflicted.

  17. Re the RFB minutes.

     

    It’s not only Tom that had “connection issues”. Appears to me they all have a problem connecting with reality.

     

    If they really want to have their EGM at a hotel. What’s the matter with the Belgrove?

  18. Tom

     

     

    Don’t understand what is wrong about my last post?

     

    I asked a question.

     

    I don’t pay a £5 fee when I get tickets for games at Celtic Park.

     

    Why do we pay them for games at Hampden?

  19. BIG-CUP-WINNERS on

    Maybe the Zoomers will decide the EGM can’t go ahead at Ibrox because of safety reasons. They wouldn’t would they ?

  20. BCW

     

     

    18:00 on 17 February, 2015

     

     

    When did anybody ever fleece somebody out of a tip which was freely given after the correct price had been applied

  21. BIG-CUP-WINNERS on

    mickbhoy1888

     

     

    Sorry, I just couldn’t miss that.

     

     

    Think you’ve served your sentence on “that” now.

     

     

    Hail Hail

  22. My crystal baw says:

     

     

    2 London hotels cancelled

     

    That stadium cancels after Polis say they can’t Polis it

     

    Postal / proxy only via web cam from a bunker somewhere near Charlotte Sq

     

    Status Quo remains? Sale and leaseback?

     

     

    Cloudy the future is newnewnewco!

     

     

    MasterYodaCSC

  23. sipsini 18:24

     

     

    I only ask because I’ve never been invited to corporate hospitality. A pub acquaintance who is a contracts manager for a large building manager was regaling me at the weekend about the invites he’s about to enjoy at the Emirates (with his wife), White Hart Lane and Old Trafford.

     

     

    I wondered (to myself) was he getting all these invites because he was a personable sort of fellow or was it because he was a contracts manager – I’ve got to add that I did consider that maybe I was just jealous?

  24. burghbhoy

     

     

    Sorry don’t know the answer. I always go and collect all tickets from the TO because I grudge paying what I consider to be excessive admin/booking charges.

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