Birmingham City’s Carling Cup celebrations

By on 02/03/2011 in News

Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police have backed Blues' plans for a Carling Cup victory party at St Andrew's on Sunday.

Birmingham City FC yesterday confirmed they will host a civic reception on Sunday to toast the unforgettable 2-1 Wembley victory against Arsene Wenger's Arsenal.

The stadium gates will open at 10.30am for the free, all-ticket celebration with the ceremony taking place between 12pm and 1pm.

And, with Blues expecting a capacity crowd, Birmingham City Council Cabinet member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, Cllr Martin Mullaney, said: “I fully support the Blues in holding what promises to be a spectacular family event and it's fitting that Birmingham City FC celebrate this memorable triumph at their home ground.

“Victoria Square can only safely accommodate around 8,000 people and Blues expect a much bigger crowd of over 30,000 to celebrate their terrific win.”

ACC Sharon Rowe said: “West Midlands Police will always work in partnership with event organisers to ensure any event in the City is safe and successful. 

“It is the decision of Birmingham City Football club to hold the victory celebrations at St. Andrew's and we will work with them to ensure this is a successful event.”

Season-ticket holders will be able to gain entry to their allocated seats by using their usual access control cards while all fans attending Saturday's Barclays Premier League fixture against West Bromwich Albion (12.45pm kick-off) will have their match ticket exchanged on the turnstiles for a free voucher for the civic reception.

There were also be approximately 3,000 civic reception vouchers made available on the day through the turnstiles at the visitors' entrance via the away car park and supporters are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Big screen videos and entertainment will help get supporters in the mood before the club's official match day announcer Richard Goulding and BRMB Head of Sport Tom Ross lead supporters through the order of ceremony.

Bluenoses will get the chance to salute all of their Carling Cup heroes including Alex McLeish, while catching a glimpse of the club's first piece of major silverware in 48 years.

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham Cllr Len Gregory will also be in attendance and will pay his own tribute to last Sunday's momentous occasion at Wembley.

Blues' acting chairman Peter Pannu said: “There’s unanimous support for the decision that has been made and Sunday promises to be a great day.”

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