Hampden Park in Glasgow
Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland is the home ground of Glasgow football club Queens Park FC, and is the home venue of the Scottish national football team. Hampden is one of the homes of football and the world's oldest international football ground that celebrated its centenary on October 31, 2003.
Hampden Park was the largest stadium in the world until 1950, when the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro was completed. In the wake of the Hillsborough disaster, among other football tragedies, Hampden Park was converted to an all-seater. The need to improve safety as well as protect crowds from the Scottish weather led to its most recent renovation in the late 1990s; the current capacity is about 53,000.
The crowd who came to see football matches at Hampden were renowned for creating the Hampden Roar. The noise created was said to terrify opposing teams who came to play there. In recent times the roar has said to be more muted, with the capacity of the stadium being reduced from its heyday.
The Scottish Cup is played at Hampden annually in May. The prize is lifting the world's oldest national trophy - the Scottish Football Association Challenge Cup, made in 1873. Queens Park were the first winners, beating Clydesdale 2-0 in the 1874 final.
Hampden Park also hosted the famous 1960 European Cup final between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt, where over 130,000 people watched Real Madrid win 7-3. Real Madrid were again involved when Hampden Park hosted the final of the UEFA Champions League (the updated version of the European Cup) in 2002. Hampden Park will also host the UEFA Cup final in 2007.
The 1975/76 final of the European Cup was also held at Hampden. The former NFL Europe team, Scottish Claymores, played at the stadium and the World Bowl was held there in 2003. Concerts and boxing matches are also held in the stadium.
Among the British and European capacity records Hampden holds are:
1937 - Attendance 149,415 : Scotland v England (British Home Championship)
1937 - Attendance 146,433 : Celtic v Aberdeen (Scottish Cup Final)
1970 - Attendance 136,505 : Celtic v Leeds United (European Cup Semi-Final)
One event which is mistakenly thought to have occurred at Hampden Park is the world's first football international. This actually happened at the West of Scotland Cricket Club's Hamilton Crescent ground in the Partick area of Glasgow.
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Stadium Name: Hampden Park
Club: Queens Park FC
Address: Letherby Drive, Glasgow, G42 9BA
Inauguration: 31 October 1903
Record Attendance: 149,415, Scotland-England, 1937
Maps and Links to External Sites
To download a full pdf version of the above map, click here (655KB)
For a stadium plan detailing the seating sections click here (84k)
Directions to Hampden Park
The stadium is located app. 4km South from Glasgow city centre.
Exit the M8 at Junction 15 and passing Infirmary on left proceed into High Street and cross the Albert Bridge into Crown Street. Join Cathcart Road and proceed south until it becomes Carmunnock Road. Turn left into Mount Annan Drive and left again in horn Drive for the Stadium.
The stations Mount Florida or Kings Park are served by trains from Glasgow Central (5-10 minutes walk to the stadium).
Glasgow Airport (16km) Glasgow
Prestwick International Airport (51km)
FirstBus service 31 (from the St Enoch Centre to Letherby Drive/Cathcart Road), line 37 (from Glasgow Cross to Letherby Drive/Cathcart Road) & line 75 (from Argyle Street to Aikenhead Road).