Information from Stuart MacLennan, Editorial Leader and Stakeholder Manager
1 February 2024
Thanks to those who attended our local residents’ meeting at Scottish Gas Murrayfield yesterday (31 January), especially given the weather conditions. It was an informative session with plenty of discussion around the logistics of the two upcoming Guinness Men’s Six Nations fixtures at the stadium, and the two U20 matches to be held at Hive Stadium on the eve of each full international.
We wanted to share a few points of order on the back of the meeting so that the local community knows how to contact us should the need arise on matchdays. We have taken feedback from you, our neighbours, to ensure you have a voice and we welcome your comments on both things that are working as well as things that are not working.
Scottish Gas Murrayfield game day timings
France Men’s 10/2
Hospitality turnstiles open from 11:15am – Saughtonhall Bridge access for the majority of Hospitality Village attendees, with c. 200 people accessing the Hospitality Village over Riversdale Bridge.
Gates open from 12:15pm
Post-match England-Wales shown on big screen (kick-off 4:45pm), finish time 6:30pm
All Hospitality villages closed 6:15pm
*Note that pre-kick-off, there will be in-bowl music before the teams take to the pitch. This will last approximately 15 minutes*
England Men’s 24/2
Hospitality turnstiles open from 1:45pm – – Saughtonhall Bridge access for the majority of Hospitality Village attendees, with c. 200 people accessing the Hospitality Village over Riversdale Bridge
Gates open from 2:45pm
Pre-match on big screen, Ireland v Wales (2:15pm ko). All Hospitality villages closed 8:45pm
*No act pre-kick-off, but likely to be live DJ at half-time*
You will see attached the TTRO in place for Guinness Six Nations fixtures with France (10 Feb) and England (24 Feb). Roads will be closed as necessary to ensure public safety. Scottish Rugby work closely with a number of event delivery partners including Crexcell Traffic Management company, City of Edinburgh Council and Police Scotland to ensure any road closures are only implemented for the minimum time necessary. Please plan ahead as roads are open during the games. Please see the advertised timings of road closures and plan ahead – roads will re-open during the games. The TTRO is published on the City of Edinburgh Council website and attached to this email.
None of the road closures impact an emergency situation being attended to – if you experience an emergency on match day and need access to a closed road (emergency only) please approach the nearest steward, traffic management official or police officer at the road closure or contact 999.
Important to note also that buses will go on their usual diversion throughout event days – when we have this information from Lothian Buses, we will share.
Contacting Scottish Rugby on match days
We want to hear all feedback. We are introducing an online form, which you can click on and feed back at the time, and it will be picked up by part of our Customer Services team. It’s exclusively for local residents and will go direct to the Events team within the command post at Scottish Gas Murrayfield, where all the agencies and partners for the match are stationed.
The system is robust as it has been used for other events, and you can select whether what you’re getting in touch for is important at the time or something that we can look into post-match.
There are categories from which to choose and although a new system, it is one we hope will be useful for residents and event management alike.
The feedback form will be live from the night before the match and the full day of the match itself, and you can access it here: https://ask.scottishrugby.org/hc/en-gb/requests/new?ticket_form_id=12353436990492
The email address, firstname.lastname@example.org will also remain active throughout, although please note that during busy periods on match days, this will not be monitored fastidiously.
Finally, a note of thanks to the local community for the excellent response to our recent letter drop, which has allowed us to broaden the list of email addresses we hold in order to keep in touch with you. There will be another residents’ meeting ahead of the three Taylor Swift concerts, to be held on June 7, 8 and 9, with details to be sent in due course.
Stuart MacLennan | Editorial Lead and Stakeholder Manager | Scottish Rugby | Scottish Gas Murrayfield | Edinburgh | EH12 5PJ