Enjoy A Drink Responsibly At Scotland V France

Sunday’s opening RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Scotland and France at Murrayfield is a 67,778 sell-out and spectators will be able to enjoy a pint after the Scottish Government’s decision to lift the ban on alcohol at men's senior international rugby matches. This week's heavy rain, however, means that the Murrayfield back pitch car parks are not available to the general public. Only car park pass holders and disabled badge holders will be able to park there.Sunday’s opening RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Scotland and France at Murrayfield is a 67,778 sell-out.

Gates at Murrayfield will open at 1pm and spectators will be able to enjoy a pint after the Scottish Government’s decision to lift the ban on alcohol at men's senior international rugby matches.

Scottish Rugby is encouraging supporters to drink responsibly. Revenue from the bars within the stadium will be used to invest in the grassroots game throughout Scotland.

Scottish Rugby Chief Executive Gordon McKie said: “Rugby supporters at Murrayfield have long-demonstrated their ability to enjoy themselves and support their team. We welcome the Scottish Government’s decision to bring us into line with every other major international rugby stadium around the world in allowing us to sell alcohol to supporters. Those who wish to enjoy a pint, can do so responsibly.”

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill will be at Murrayfield. He said: "When I took the decision last year to allow alcohol to be sold for international matches at Murrayfield I made clear that this wasn't about granting rugby fans a licence to get drunk. It was, and still is, about being able to enjoy a pint during the match but doing so responsibly.

"I saw firsthand the sensible attitude of fans during the two world cup matches - which were the first to have alcohol sold. I hope those attending the Scotland against France match will behave in the same way.

"I know Scottish Rugby have limits and other measures in place to help make sure fans are drinking responsibly and I would urge all those attending to make sure they do so.

"It's not the drink that's the problem, it's how we're drinking it and I expect the fans to show they can be trusted. If they don't I'll have no hesitation in reinstating the ban - especially if there are problems with alcohol retailing or public safety.

"I know that Scottish Rugby will be playing their part by promoting responsible drinking messages as well as using any profits from the sale of alcohol to develop and promote projects that encourage more people to try and play rugby in their communities.

"I'd encourage fans to enjoy the game - as I'll be doing. I'll certainly be joining the chorus of fans wishing our national team good luck!"

Spectators are being urged to come early to Murrayfield Stadium and allow extra time for their journeys in light of the wintry weather.

Following an inspection of the Murrayfield back pitches this afternoon there will be no public car parking available at the stadium tomorrow for the Scotland v France RBS 6 Nations Championship.

The decision was taken after this week’s heavy rain. A small section of the back pitches remains available for disabled badge holders and car park pass holders only.

An alternative way of reaching the stadium is to use the park and ride facilities at Ingliston, Hermiston or Sheriffhall and travel from there by bus.

Ingliston – just off the A8/airport junction is served by the X48 which will be supplemented by extra services and run approximately every 15 minutes

Hermiston – on the A71 just west of the A720 city bypass junction. Buses will run approximately every 15 minutes via Gorgie (a five minute walk to Murrayfield Stadium)

Sheriffhall – on the A7 just north of the city bypass near Danderhall. The X48 will be running to Murrayfield approximately every half hour.