Rear Of The South Stand (photo)
What Is It Like
For Visiting Supporters?
North & East Stands (photo)
Where To Drink?
How To Get There
By Car & Where To Park
On Matchday (photo)
Layout Of The Ground
Scottish Football Museum
Other Places Of Interest
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Hampden has been
completely re-developed in recent years and the predominantly old terraced
ground has now been transformed into a modern all seated stadium. Although
not particularly large for a national stadium, it still retains its charm
and individual character, enhanced by its completely enclosed
oval shape. Three sides are single tiered, but the South
Stand on one side has a small second tier, which slightly overhangs
the lower one. Normally this creates an unbalanced
look, but it has integrated well with the oval stadium roof rising gently towards this stand.
There are two electric scoreboards suspended underneath the
roofs at each end. One unusual aspect of the stadium is that the
team dugouts are actually situated six rows up on the South Stand, allowing team managers to get a better view of the game. The roof of the
stadium is adorned with a number of flagpoles and flags, adding to the
With Rangers & Celtic both contesting a number of finals at the
stadium, it has now become traditional for each team to be allotted the
same ends. So Celtic are allocated the East End of the
stadium and Rangers the West End.
The stadium is also the home of Queens Park FC, who are the only amateur
club to compete in the Scottish Football League.
Up to 1950 it was the largest stadium in the World.
Of South Stand
|What Is It Like
For Visiting Supporters?
The facilities are pretty good. The concourse is spacious and there is a
good selection of food on offer including the 'Hampden Steak Pie'
(£1.90), burgers, chips and hot dogs. There are televisions next to the
serving areas showing the game being played inside, so
that you don't have to miss a kick. There are also Ladbrokes betting
facilities available. One tip, if the queues for programmes are quite big
outside the stadium, then you can purchase them from programme sellers on
the concourse inside.
Fans are set well back from the playing action as there is a quite a
gap between the first rows of seats and the pitch. If you are at the
back of the ends then this is even more noticeable as you are quite far from the
pitch, meaning that you may struggle to see the action at the opposite end.
This is not helped by the shallow incline of the stands, which may mean
that your view is less than perfect. If possible, it is
probably best to obtain tickets in either the North or South Stands, where
the views are better. However, the leg
room between rows is good, plus the
atmosphere generated within the stadium and the colourful display by the
supporters can be superb.
David Tennant a visiting St Mirren supporter adds; 'the selection
of grub available inside the stadium was impressive. The pies were
I loved the hamburgers they sold. There are also betting facilities
available which is good if you fancy a
late wee flutter. The atmosphere generated by the place was, despite it's very wide
bowl shape, very impressive too'.
& East Stands
Eat & Drink?
|There are not a great number of bars in
the immediate vicinity of the stadium. What ones there are get over crowded. It is therefore probably best to drink in the City
Centre or on route before the game. There are though a number of
chippies/kebab shops locally. If you do get there early
then my favourite bar in the area is the Clockwork Beer Company on
Cathcart Road (going away from the city centre). This spacious pub brews its
own varied selection of beers and also stocks a wide range of whiskies; or
more affectionately known as the 'water of life'.
|How To Get There
By Car & Where To Park
Leave the M74 at Junction 1 and turn left at the roundabout into Fullarton
Road, following the signs for Rutherglen. Go straight across the
next roundabout and at the following roundabout turn right into Cambuslang
Road. You will cross over the River Clyde and then continue to the end of
this road. At the traffic lights turn right and continue along Main Street
Rutherglen and then on towards Mount Florida. Continue straight along this
road until you reach the large Asda Store at which you turn left into
Aikenhead Road. The stadium is up this road on the right hand side.
David Tennant adds 'It is not straightforward to get to by road and it's not easy to get parked for a big match.
So allow plenty of time for your journey'. Parking spaces can typically be found
in the area around the Victoria Infirmary'. For a map showing the
location of the ground
(to take you to the Street Map website).
|The nearest stations to the stadium are
Mount Florida & Kings Park. Both are served by trains from Glasgow
Central (journey time around 10-15 minutes) and are around a five minute
walk away from the stadium.
|For International Matches visiting
supporters are housed in the South West corner of the stadium (including a
small portion of the upper tier of the South Stand) where around 3,000
supporters can be accommodated. Please note that in common with other
Scottish Grounds, alcohol is not available inside the stadium, nor is
smoking permitted within the stadium. The 'Tartan Army of Scottish
supporters' are renown for their friendliness and hospitality, which
normally makes for a great visit.
|The stadium is also the home of the
Scottish Football Museum, which opened its doors in May 2001. I was
thoroughly impressed not only with the standard of museum, but also the
vast array of items that can be seen. From a ticket from the first ever
Football International held in Glasgow in 1872, to an exhibition of
football related 'toys'. The current Scottish Cup is also available to
view within the museum.
What I particularly liked was the
emphasis on the fans involvement in the Clubs, from the first fanzines to
the Tartan Army. The museum is a must for any true football supporter.
The museum is open daily from 10.00am to 5pm (Sunday's 11am-5pm, Last
admittance all days - 4.15pm). Entrance costs £5.50 for adults and £2.75
for concessions. If you have an enquiry you can ring the museum on
0141-616-6139. A visit to the museum can also be combined with a tour of
the stadium (see below).
|Stadium tours are available each day
(except matchdays) for the bargain price of £3 adults and £1.75 for
concessions, if booked in conjunction with an entrance ticket to the
museum. If you just want to book the stadium tour only then this costs £6
for adults and £3 for concessions. Family tickets are also available,
giving further discounts. The tour lasts about 40 minutes and includes the Presentation
Area, Dressing Rooms, Warm Up Area and a walk at pitch side. I found it
quite entertaining, interesting and would recommend it. Tours can be
booked in advance on 0141-616-6139.
Places Of Interest
|For all those ground enthusiasts out there, then make sure you take a
peek at the lesser Hampden, behind the West Stand. This is a small old
ground with a quaint looking stand at one side of the pitch. In
the past it has been used by Queens Park reserves, as well as for the odd
first team outing.
Of equal if not more interest are the remnants of another ground, called Cathkin
Park, home to Third Lanark until 1967, when they
unfortunately went out of business. The ground was originally built in
1872 and once hosted an international match in 1884, between Scotland and
England. There is plenty of terracing still remaining of the old ground,
in a picturesque setting and it is only a ten minute walk away from the
present Hampden. The entrance to the park is in Cathcart Road click
here for map
(to take you to the Street Map website -
First Locate Mount Florida railway station and then Hampden Park is the open
space to the right of this area and Cathcart Road can then be found running
to the North).
|149,415 - Scotland v England, 1937.
This is the record for the largest attendance at a football match in
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