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Scottish FA buys Hampden from Queen’s Park

Written by on 11th September 2018

The Scottish FA will stay at Hampden Park after agreeing a £5 million deal with owners Queen’s Park Football Club.

The deal will see the Scottish League Two club move to Lesser Hampden. It comes after a lengthy process to decide where the Scottish FA would call home once the current lease ends in 2020, with BT Murrayfield in Edinburgh the other stadium under consideration.

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Hampden Park, Glasgow. Licensed under Creative Commons. Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:West_Stand_Hampden_Park.jpg

Ownership of the stadium will allow the SFA to make changes to the stadium if wanted, with many fans calling for it to be modernised.

Scottish FA president, Alan McRae said: “Today’s announcement has been the conclusion of a four-year process to review our national stadium beyond 2020.

“The decision is about what was best for Scottish football and our members.

“It is about the future of football in Scotland.”

Hampden Park is one of the twelve stadiums hosting games at the UEFA European Championships 2020 and has been the home of Scottish football for over 100 years.

SFA’s new chief executive Ian Maxwell believes the decision to buy Hampden Park shows to the fans they do care.

He said: “While we are now committed to Hampden Park we also recognise that it needs to change.

“We have heard the fans views throughout the process and agree with them that we need to improve access, transport links and the overall experience.”

The SFA hope the decision will bring supporters back after less than 18 thousand made the trip to the National Stadium last night for Scotland’s opening UEFA Nations League group game against Albania.

 

Craig Edwards


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