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Hampden Park’s North Stand opens for Scottish Cup final

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May 25 2013

Hampden Park’s North Stand opens for Scottish Cup final
A £3m extension to Hampden Park has been completed ahead of schedule to provide enhanced spectator facilities for tomorrow's Scottish Cup final, one year ahead of its role as a key venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Funded by the Glasgow 2014 organising committee and designed by Holmes Miller the stadium is set to play host to track and field athletics during the summer jamboree and will also be the venue for the closing ceremony.

This has seen construction of an extension to the existing north stand, including a new façade and improved catering, toilets and accessibility ahead of a remodeling of the pitch later this year, including raising the surface by 1.9m and extending the athletics track over eight rows of the lowest seats to bring it up to an international standard competition track.

The temporary track and raised surface of the arena will create a 44,000-seater stadium, returning to its current 52,000 capacity following the end of the Games.

Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg said: “We have exciting plans to temporarily transform Hampden to host our athletics competition in 2014, which will feature some of the fastest and most agile men and women on the planet. However these improvements to the North Stand are permanent and will not just benefit Games spectators, but those attending events that Hampden will host this summer and long after the Games has ended, which is a fantastic legacy for the stadium.”
Construction has also begun on a new pavilion for Queens Park FC at Lesser Hampden
Construction has also begun on a new pavilion for Queens Park FC at Lesser Hampden
Further extensive renovation work is required to make the venue Games ready
Further extensive renovation work is required to make the venue Games ready

The 1,630sq/m extension rises to two storeys
The 1,630sq/m extension rises to two storeys
Unlike other work the new stand is intended to be permanent
Unlike other work the new stand is intended to be permanent

4 Comments

ForzaHibs
#1 Posted by ForzaHibs on 27 May 2013 at 14:13 PM
Its just a pity that the spectator viewing experience is so poor from so many seats; its third rate!
Jock
#2 Posted by Jock on 28 May 2013 at 02:40 AM
Agreed. Its an absolutely shocking stadium to watch football especially being the home of the national team. Would rather games were played at murrayfield than tht dump.
GA
#3 Posted by GA on 28 May 2013 at 11:12 AM
Not sure that the extension fits the context of either the existing stadium or the locale, it's rather disappointing. The stadium itself also seems to require a bit of cleaning, so hopefully this extension doesn't end up suffering from the same lack of care!
Messiah1903
#4 Posted by Messiah1903 on 30 Jun 2013 at 11:51 AM
With the acception of the BT Stand Hampden park is severley outdated and id go far as to say not fit as a national stadium.. other major stadiums even at club level are far superior to this place.. Ibrox.. Old Trafford.. Anfield.. Stamford Bridge.. Emerates.. Celtic Park.. all have a superior matchday experience for fans..

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