SPORTS fans are being urged to plan ahead before attending this weekend’s football and rugby matches.
Hearts will take on Celtic at Tynecastle stadium in a 2pm kick-off on Sunday, while Edinburgh Rugby will play against Glasgow Warriors at Murrayfield an hour later.
The SPFL game is expected to be a sell-out, while several thousand are due to attend the rugby.
Officers in the Capital are urging spectators to plan their journeys in advance and leave plenty of time to get to the stadium they are travelling to.
There will be significant traffic congestion in the west of the city before and after these matches and police will be in attendance around both venues to assist with traffic management.
Officers will also assist stewarding staff to search of those entering Tynecastle and Murrayfield.
Specialist resources including specially trained sniffer dogs will be deployed to detect flares and other flammable materials.
Those found in possession of these items will be denied entry and may face further police action.
Silver Commander Chief Inspector Bob Paris said: “There’s always an added buzz to sporting matches during the festive season and we will have considerable resources in place to ensure these games are memorable for all the right reasons.
“I would urge football and rugby fans alike to get to their respective stadium at an appropriate time and ensure they do not leave their vehicles parked anywhere that presents an obstruction or danger to other motorists.
“Many of you may be consuming alcohol over the coming days, however, if you intend to drive to one of the games then please ensure you are legally allowed to do so.
“Road Policing Officers will be monitoring the road network in and around Edinburgh and those caught driving under the influence will be arrested and face a criminal conviction and the loss of their licence. Please, don’t risk it.
“As part of our commitment to keeping people safe we will be undertaking searches of spectators and items such as flares, glass bottles and alcohol are not allowed in stadiums
“Please enjoy supporting your club this weekend, but please make sure your actions do not put yourselves or others at risk.”