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National Stadium, The


(Hampden Park)

Located in the Mount Florida district of S Glasgow, 1¼ miles (2 km) west of Rutherglen, Hampden Park serves as the National Stadium for Scotland and as such is the venue to Scotland's home football internationals. It is also home to Scottish League Football team Queen's Park.

Built in 1903 at a cost of £10,000, Hampden was designed in the same shape as Ibrox and Celtic Park being oval in construction. In 1937, with the construction of the North Stand the capacity stood at an astounding 180,000 making it the largest stadium in the world at that time. An intimidating place for travelling supporters, the noise generated by fans became known as 'The Hampden Roar'. Between 1981 and 1986, the North Stand was demolished and the East terracing was replaced. These stands were further refurbished in 1994 and a new south stand was built 1996-8. With a total of £63 million having been spent, including £23 million from the Millennium Commission, the resulting 52,000 seater stadium was opened in 1999. A museum dedicated to football and Scotland's part in bringing the game to the world is one of the centrepieces of this development.

As well as providing a home to Queen's Park Football Club, Hampden is the base for the Scottish Claymores American Football team and also includes extensive conference and hospitality facilities. The track and field athletics competitions and closing ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games of 2014 took place here, with associated improvements benefiting the stadium in the longer term.


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