Scottish Gas Murrayfield
|Other names||BT Murrayfield|
|Record attendance||104,000 (Scotland - Wales, 1975)|
|Address||Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH12 5PJ|
|Notices||Scottish national rugby stadium|
Scottish Gas Murrayfield – stadium description
Sctottish national rugby stadium is also the largest venue in the country and one of the biggest in Britain. In 1975 it also hosted the largest rugby crowd to date, with spectator number exceeding 104,000.
It was huge from the beginning, not only literally, but also in the sporting way. The first game of Scotland ended up with a win against archrivals England that earned the Scots their very first “Grand Slam” in Five Nations Cup (currently Six Nations). Later the English returned for a different reason – during WWII the ground was given to the army and used, among others, as storage space. The Royal Army Service Corps returned it in 1944.
50 years from that date Murrayfield was reopened after its most significant redevelopment. Worth some Ł50 mln, the modernization gave the stadium its very first floodlight system. Capacity was also decreased then to some 68,000 seats and later again in 2010 by nearly another 1,000 to accommodate the country’s largest screen. Interestingly, the ground is equipped with running track, but not one encircling the pitch- it only serves the 100m distance events.
For decades Murrayfield has been host not only to rugby, but also various other large events. American football and association football were also played, the latter one also being discussed several times when Heart of Midlothian were seeking a new ground, with the hypothetical move to Murrayfield being one of the options , due to close distance between the rugby ground and Tynecastle.
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.
Edinburgh: Murrayfield's hospitality revamped
While some details have been left out, Scottish Rugby's national stadium is expecting a boost in revenue after a 5-month makeover of its hospitality areas. Meanwhile, construction of 'mini Murrayfield' should begin soon.
Stadium of the Year: Meet the Juror – Robert Kennedy
Today we begin our presentation of the three Jurors who are evaluating this year's contender. First, in alphabetical order is Robert D. Kennedy, who's got some 500,000 seats on his account, from Glasgow to Gujarat.
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: 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?
Scotland: New national stadium between Glasgow and Edinburgh?
Both Hampden Park and Murrayfield are aging and a groundshare between rugby and football might be the answer. But where should the new national stadium be built? Perhaps between the two major cities?
Glasgow: Commonwealth Games kick off
Celtic Park will host the opening ceremony of 2014 Commonwealth Games tonight as 71 nations start their battle for supremacy. Celtic on the other hand had to leave their home for at least one major game.
Edinburgh: Murrayfield naming rights sold
For the next four years the BT company will be promoted through Scotland’s largest stadium’s name. The deal, according to BBC, may be worth some £20 million.