|Clubs||Queens Park FC|
|Inauguration||31/10/1903 (Queens Park - Glasgow Celtic, 1-0)|
|Renovations||1914, 1927, 1937, 1945, 1961, 1968, 1975, 1981-1986, 1991-1994, 1999, 2014|
|Record attendance||149,415 (Scotland - England, 1937)|
|Design||Archibald Leitch (1903)|
|Address||Letherby Drive, Glasgow, G42 9BA|
Hampden Park – stadium description
The national stadium of Scotland bears the name of an English politician John Hampden and is actually the third venue to be called Hampden Park in Glasgow. All three have been built in similar location (neighboring, not on the same plot) and also used by Scotland’s oldest football club, Queens Park. Today only an amateur side, back in 1903 they were the club with world’s largest stadium and beat Celtic in the opener. first attendance of over 100,000 people came in 1906, when England came for an international.
For a stunning 47 years it has remained the world’s largest ground (until Maracana came in 1950), mostly thanks to major enlargements in 1927-1937. At the latter date it could take up to 183,388 people, but for safety reasons was restricted to ‘only’ 150,000. Of course most fans were seated on wooden benches or standing and the terracing was set on land slopes, but it was still remarkable. The very same year it was sold out for another Scotland-England match that still holds European attendance record for international teams’ clashes.
Capacity started falling since 1945, first to 135,000 and then to 81,000 in 1977. Finally, in the 1990’s the largest revamp to date took place with the ground receiving new cover, floodlights, administration/office buildings and of course it became an all-seater, ending up with barely over 52,000 capacity, not much if we look back at its history.
Apart from the mentioned international classics against England, final games of national club cups have also been played here, followed by a long list of international hits. European Cup / Champions League finals (1960, 1976, 2002), the Cup Winners’ Cup finals (1962, 1966) and the UEFA Cup final of 2007, not mentioning U16 World Cup of 1989 and football games of the 2012 Olympics.
Then come rugby games, huge concerts and another attendance record. The Celtic – Leeds 1970 European Cup semifinal was watched by a shocking 136,505 people, a crowd unmatched for any other European cup game so far.
Interesting temporary redevelopment came in 2014, when the stadium was once more converted into a multi-use one by adding a temporary platform with running track for the duration of 2014 Commonwealth Games. Using the occasion the venue was upgraded with new facilities for the disabled. In 2015 it was awarded a place on the UEFA Euro 2020 host list.
UEFA: Official announcement of EURO 2028 and EURO 2032 hosts
UEFA has officially announced that the UK and Ireland will host the European Football Championships in 2028, while Italy and Turkey will co-host the event in 2032.
Scotland: Queen’s Park to return to national stadium next season
The national stadium of Scotland bears the name of an English politician John Hampden and is actually the third venue to be called Hampden Park in Glasgow. The Scottish FA has agreed a deal with Queen’s Park Football Club for the use of Hampden Park as the club’s registered home ground for season 2023-24.
Scotland: This is what revamped Hampden Park is to look like
There is no doubt that Hampden Park is not one of the most modern facilities in the United Kingdom. However, this is about to change. We also know what the arena is likely to look like once the redevelopment is complete. It could be a strong candidate for Stadium of the Year.
EURO 2028: Great Britain and Ireland announce list of stadiums
The most important football tournaments are fast approaching, and with them comes discussion about the future hosts of both the World Cup and the European Championships. The front runners in the race to host EURO 2028 are Great Britain and Ireland.
United Kingdom: Is football coming home at the Euros?
At a time when most of the chatter is about the World Cup, plans for the next major football events are being clarified. Great Britain and Ireland announced their joint candidacy for hosting Euro 2028 some time ago. A shortlist of stadiums being considered by the federations was also recently announced.
UK and Ireland bid for EURO 2028
Will the fans of “Sons of Albion” sing "Football's coming home" again in 2028? If that happens, they will do it together with the Welsh, Scottish and Irish - including those from the north. The federations of these five countries have announced their joint bid to host the European Championship in 2028.
Euro 2020: What capacities will stadiums have?
Will Bilbao and Dublin lose their hosting rights? Some media outlets got into speculations about potential replacements but it seems to be far from decided. Here’s what we know about Euro 2020 venues allowing fans inside.
United Kingdom: Will they bring football home in 2030 again?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has recently supported the potential candidacy of the UK and Ireland for the FIFA 2030 World Cup. The formal process for a prospective five-association bid will be opened in 2022.
COVID-19 crisis: European football rescheduled
Euro 2020 is no more, get ready for Euro 2021. International games and cup finals also have a new schedule in effort to allow domestic competitions to conclude this summer.
Glasgow: Queens Park FC show their new home
With Hampden being taken over by the Scottish FA, Queens Park FC are preparing to relocate to Lesser Hampden. Holmes Miller was picked to redevelop the secondary stadium.
Glasgow: Hampden officially sold to SFA
The contract was expected back in 2018 but was deadlocked for procedural reasons. Now Queens Park FC are officially preparing to leave their spiritual home as Hampden Park will be transferred to Scottish FA. Not instantly, but still.
Glasgow: Scottish FA agree terms of Hampden takeover
After much uncertainty and speculation we know it officially: Scotland's national stadium will remain Scotland's national stadium. Doesn't sound interesting? Well, perhaps it should.
Glasgow: SFA to buy Hampden outright?
After having threaten to leave, now the Scottish FA is negotiating complete takeover of Hampden Park. If the deal doesn't happen, moving national team games to Edinburgh remains the most viable option.
Glasgow: Could empty Hampden sink Queens Park?
If the Scottish national team leaves after 2020, the amateur club Queens Park will be left with unbearable burden of the national stadium. Could local authorities help?
Glasgow: Scotland to lose its national stadium?
In two years the lease runs out and Scotland's football games might move to another venue. That's what supporters want but is it something the Scottish FA would accept?
UEFA: Who gets the 2019 club finals?
15 national associations expressed interest in hosting of the 2019 finals. Champions League, Europa League, Women’s Champions League and Super Cup will be decided among 19 stadia!
Poker tour of stadiums
Sports teams do it, rock bands do it- and even many of the world’s top poker players do it too. In recent years there has been a growing trend to hold big tournaments at some of the most iconic sports stadiums around the UK.
New lists: Who got 4 and 5 stars from UEFA?
It’s only 38 stadiums in total across Europe, so the two lists are truly exclusive. Check out who was granted a 4 or 5-star note by UEFA and why we’re showing these lists to you now…
New stadium: Glasgow’s forgotten, but still existing giant
Just a stone’s throw away from Hampden Park lies a 50,000-capacity stadium. Well, once a 50,000-capacity stadium. Now it’s a public park, but with some prospects of return to glory.