Scottish Football Stadiums
19 Scottish Football Stadiums/Grounds have been used to stage the Scotland National Football Team’s home matches since they played their first international match in 1872. The following Scottish Football Stadiums/Venues have hosted more than one international match:
- Hampden Park, Glasgow (210 matches)
- Celtic Park, Glasgow (22 matches)
- Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow (19 matches)
- Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen (12 matches)
- First Hampden Park, Glasgow (11 matches)
- Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh (9 matches)
- Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow (5 matches)
- Easter Road, Edinburgh (4 matches)
- Rugby Park, Kilmarnock (4 matches)
- Dens Park, Dundee (3 matches)
- First Cathkin Park, Glasgow (2 matches)
The following Scottish Football Stadiums have all played host to one international match each:
- Hibernian Park – Edinburgh
- Underwood Park – Paisley
- Second Hampden Park – Glasgow
- Carolina Port – Dundee
- Fir Park – Motherwell
- Cappielow – Greenock
- St. Mirren Park – Paisley
- Firhill Stadium – Glasgow
Hampden Park in Glasgow stands out from the rest however, and is now officially considered to be traditional home ground for the Scotland National Football Team.
Hampden Park History
Hampden Park was originally built in 1903 and was renowned for housing some huge crowds. The 1960 European Cup final between Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt was played there and a crowd of over 130 000 people watched from the stands. In 1937, a crowd of 149 415 (a European record) watched as Scotland played England
However, due to crowd safety concerns, Hampden Park was converted into an all-seated stadium while undergoing its last renovation, which was completed in 1999. The Scottish Football Association has discussed plans to further increase the capacity of Hampden Park to a minimum of 70 000. This will help to ease the criticism that the fans sitting in the stands behind the goals are seated too far away from the action.
Hampden Park is famous for what has become known as the “Hampden Roar”. Imagine over 100 00 people cheering your team on. It would surely inspire a team to play as if they were fielding an extra player. The crowds roar could be heard from several kilometres away, and was said to terrify opposition teams.
Do you think that Scotland will win their next match at Hampden Park because of the fervent support of their home crowd?