Dinamo Tbilisi v Spurs - Tbilisi travel advice
20 August 2013|Tottenham Hotspur
Here is our advice for fans travelling to Georgia for Thursday night's Europa League play-off, first leg against Dinamo Tbilisi.
Tbilisi is the Capital City of Georgia and is a City made up of old historic structures coupled with modern contemporary buildings, numerous statues and monuments.
The City itself has a very low crime rate and whilst it is considered safe, as always, care should be taken when in crowded areas and be alert for pickpockets. The local Police operate in a European manner and make regular patrols around the City Centre.
Whilst it is not necessary to carry your Passport with you, it may be advantageous to take a copy of your Passport to have with you at all times. Leave all other valuables, including your original Passport in your Hotel safe.
The local currency is the Georgia Lari – approx. 2.5 - £1:00 and it is recommended that you exchange your money at a recognised Bank once you have reached Georgia. Banks recommended for these transactions are the Bank of Georgia or the Pro-Credit Bank where it is considered safe to use the cash machines.
Those fans travelling will find a variety of shops, restaurants and cafes, catering for all requirements with food and beverages decently priced. You should be aware that in Georgia, they use a great deal of nuts in local dishes, sauces etc and if you have a nut allergy, you should check first with the waiter to avoid any problems, when ordering.
We have been advised to tell you that you must take extreme caution when crossing roads in all parts of the City. There are specific crossing points – please use them. Taxis are a cheap option for travelling around, but you should pay no more than 5 Lari for any trip, which is their flat rate. If using Taxis, it is essential that you wear your seatbelt if sat in the front or back for safety reasons.
Road safety standards are not of the same level as the UK or other European Cities – do take care at all times.
Stadium - Dinamo Arena
The Dinamo Arena has a capacity of over 53,000 and Spurs fans should make their way to Gates 14 and 15 where they can collect their tickets from a member of Tottenham Hotspur staff. As always, there will be Spurs Stewards to assist you if required.
The Stadium will open at 6:00pm, 2 hours before kick off. It is likely that you will have local Spurs fans in this section, together with British Nationals who work in the City. Catering and welfare facilities are available and the food concourse is a mixed area, but will be monitored by Police. All seats have allocated numbers and the area will have sufficient security, although, the Dinamo Tbilisi fans are not known to be problematic and are very much looking forward to the game.
As always, the recognised list of prohibited items applies and in particular, glass bottles will not be allowed in. Searching and ticket checks are carried out by the Police, please have your ticket ready for inspection at any time. Flags and banners, with appropriate wording, will be allowed in – these will be checked at the entry point. It is common policy and normal ground rules at football stadia in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, that all flags of an overtly religious/sectarian/political nature will not be permitted and may be confiscated – please respect this request.
As with all European fixtures, alcohol will not be available within the Stadium.
It is likely that Spurs fans will be held back for 10-15 minutes, please listen to the announcements, which will be made in English for further instructions and be patient during the waiting period.
The Stadium is located on the left bank of the river approx. 15 minutes from the City Centre. Local buses will be available, but these stop at approx. 11pm, although they may run later due to the match timings, but this cannot be guaranteed. The nearest Metro is Tsereteli, but it is recommended that you use buses or the yellow mini-buses, which can be hailed at any location during your stay.
The Club is rightly proud of our record of good behaviour during previous European travels and we would ask that you uphold this by respecting local amenities and cultures. Please do not place flags on local statues or historic monuments, including architecture and this may offend local inhabitants.
Do remember to have the correct Travel Insurance prior to travelling.
Finally, you are an ambassador of the Club and we would respectfully request that you behave accordingly throughout the entirety of your visit.