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Preparations underway for Rugby Football League Grand Final
Thursday 30th September, 2010

Greater Manchester Police is preparing for the Rugby Football League Grand Final between Wigan Warriors and St Helens on Saturday 2 October 2010.

The final is to be held at Old Trafford and the force has been carefully planning the policing operation to ensure this is safe and enjoyable for all the 70,000 fans who are expected to attend.

A number of events at the stadium have been planned by the Rugby Football League for supporters and these will be open from 1pm.

On street drinking bans in the area surrounding the ground will remain in place and fans are asked to cooperate with police who will enforce the ban.

Superintendent John Graves of Greater Manchester Police said: "This fixture is always enjoyable for everyone involved and there is a carnival atmosphere surrounding the match.

"We want to ensure everyone who comes to Old Trafford is able to enjoy the match without any disorder, so I would ask that supporters respect the restrictions in place, particularly in relation to alcohol.

"Anyone who is clearly heavily intoxicated will not be allowed into the ground and spectators will not be allowed to drink in the stands while watching the match. The bars will all be open, but there will be a restriction on the amount of alcohol that can be purchased at any one time.

"The restrictions will be clearly signposted and we ask that fans cooperate with officers, by using the designated bins to discard of any alcohol and to help us make this event a fantastic day for everyone involved.

"We are proud to be involved in this significant sporting fixture and look forward to welcoming fans to Old Trafford. I hope everyone who attends the match enjoys their visit to our city and is left with great memories of this event."

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