Hampden Park is the "home" of Scottish football. The venue for cup finals and most international games.
It is an occasional venue for European cup finals - famously Real Madrid v Eintracht Frankfurt in the 1960s. More recently Real Madrid v Bayer Leverkusen when Zidane scored his wonder goal.
I think my first visit was about 1970 for a cup final (Celtic v Hibs). 113,000 people, mostly standing. In those days it was a slum.
Now it is brand new, and whilst a little "bijou" at 60k capacity, at least it is up to standard.
My last visit was yesterday (5-9-9) for a world cup qualifier - Scotland v Macedonia. A "must win" game for both teams, full house and fantastic atmosphere. Plus we had "top" seats in the most expensive section. To top it all, Scotland won! The trip was really to benefit my 15 y-o son, who had never been to a Scotland game before.
The stadium is owned by Queens Park FC - an amateur team which plays in the pro leagues. My dad played for them in the 1940s.
Equipment: Wet weather gear - it is always raining in Glasgow.
Patience - you will queue up at Central Station for the train to Mount Florida and again for the return trip.
Sense of humour - crowds for international games are good natured and friendly, but you will come across the occasional supporter who has had to much to drink and should have been denied entry.
Common sense - you are still in a football crowd, and trouble can happen. Be aware, get out of the way, and keep your mouth shut if need be.
I thought I'd add a few pics and tips about Parkhead or Celtic Park as it is better known, home of the world famous Celtic FC. I first attended a match in the early 80s and the stadium then had a real buzz with the jungle almost never quiet.
We generally headed for the Janefield End with my abiding memory being of Paddy Bonner saving a penalty against Aberdeen that somehow seemed better than a goal.
The stadium was extensively re-built in the 90s to become the then largest club ground in the UK (Man Utd overtook us shortly afterwards). The current capacity is 60,832 and it is almost full for every game but you can get tickets if you are willing to make the effort, either by going through the ticketline number as below or just turning up at the ground and going to the ticket office to the right of the main stand. Failing that, there is often people trying to offload tickets that friends/family are unable to use, these may even be season tickets that now come in the form of a credit card.
So if you do fancy heading for a match then all the best.
This is Scotland’s national football stadium. It is the home of Queen's Park F.C., the 'grandfathers' of Scottish Football.
Hampden Park seated capacity is 52,000.
We took a guided tour around the stadium and visited the fine museum one morning. This was an excellent tour with a very knowledgeable guide. We went around the changing rooms and warm up areas, including a go at taking the fastest penalty. Then it was up to pitch side to take in the view. We followed this by taking a look around the great museum which has some interesting items. Well worth the visit.
Home of Glasgow Rangers.
51,100 all seater stadium.
Built in 1899.
A decent stadium but a lot of people had a great deal of delays trying to get into the stadium.
I was lucky because I swapped my ticket with a friend so that she could go in with her husband. They went in one queue and I was around the corner in another. I got in relatively quickly but they missed at least thirty minutes of the first half. I'm not sure what the delay was for as there was no trouble outside the stadium. I can only put it down to incompetent policing and stewarding. It's not rocket science to organise a crowd but time and time again in Europe I see it go wrong.
Home of the green and white side of Glasgow, Celtic FC.
All seater stadium of 60,000, built in 1892 and renovated last in 1995.
I and many others had a great deal of trouble getting into the ground. I turned up early and after having a brief chat with a few friends outside the stadium found myself locked out. The police and stewards had decided that there were enough people inside our particular part of the stadium and that it was full up. So they closed the gates to all those outside, including me who had a valid ticket for the game.
We were then persuaded to leave the stadium vicinity by methods which included being pushed by police on horseback.
Some people decided that enough was enough and headed back into town. After about twenty minutes I made it back to the stadium entrances and hung about hoping that some one would see sense but was told that there was no way that I would be allowed into the stadium.
After about forty minutes I spotted a policeman with a lad in tow looking purposeful. I decided to follow him. The officer managed to get on of the stewards inside the ground to open up one of the exit gates and asked him whether or not they were still letting people in with valid tickets. The steward looked perplexed and shrugged. Obviously no one really knew what was going on. So I took a chance and waived my ticket about and stepped into the stadium. I got inside just as the half time whistle blew and so met my mates upstairs in their seats. It was all a bit unnecessary to say the least.
Im obviously a bit biased about this, as Rangers are the team I support, but if you fancy taking in a football match in Glasgow, then get yourself over to the south side and go and watch "The Teddy Bears".
If you manage to get a ticket for decent game, i.e a European match or a game against our greatest rivals, arguably the greatest rivalry club football, Celtic, then you will be in for a special day as the atmosphere in the ground is bound to be phenomenal. Obviously, tickets for these games are very hard to come by (especially v Celtic and the latter stages of European competitions). In fact they are pretty much impossible to get a hold of, unless you can afford tout prices on the net (some sites sell for around £400 v Celtic!!).
Otherwise, get yourself to another game against the likes of Aberdeen, Hibernian or Hearts where you should be able to get a ticket as long as you purchase a few weeks in advance and you will still have a great day (but dont eat the food, its sh**e!!)
As for the stadium itself, it is a 51,000 all-seater stadium and is classed in the 5* category of football stadia in Europe. (unlike our rivals ground which is 4*!!) We have 42,000 "permanent" season ticket holders and a further 5,000 who have season tickets for every game except against Celtic as we have to give them 8,000 tickets for their support (they do likewise for us). So that only leaves around 4,000 tickets available for public sale, so be quick!! Tickets are around £26 for most matches, rising for the bigger games in Europe etc.
Equipment: Just don't wear green and white!!.
Our colours are Blue top, white Shorts and red/black socks.
So a red, white and blue scarf available outside with a street vendor for around £5 is suffice. Maybe a Union Flag/Scotland Flag as well if you have the cash to splash!!
No trip to Glasgow would be complete without a mention of football. Celtic and Rangers both have their respective Stadia at opposite ends of the city, personally I would recommend the tour of Celtic Park.
However the museum of football history is also a good bet at Hampden Park.
Glasgow is home to Scotlands National Football Stadium, Hampden Park.
Usually filled to the rafters with the forever faithful Tartan Army cheering on the boys in dark blue to victory (well sometimes).
The Stadium also hosts music concerts, U2 and Oasis being the last couple. I was lucky enough to get along to the Oasis concert and this photo is from that said gig. LIVE FOREVER!!
Also located at the Stadium is Scotland National Football Museum, well worth a visit it is too.
Equipment: A Good Voice.
I know nothing about football and care even less but I couldn't have a credible page on Glasgow and not acknowledge that it does happen here!
As is the case many places football (soccer)is played mainly by boys and men - 5-aside, 7-aside, 11-aside in parks, on the street, on football pitches and in school playgrounds and gardens throughout the city summer and winter.
There are several 'big teams' with followings - Queen's Park, Partick Thistle, Celtic, Rangers. Of course the two big ones, teams that are known throughout the country, and maybe even throughout the world (yes? no?) are Celtic and Rangers - collectively nkown as 'The Old Firm'. Their followings are largely - but not exclusively - on sectarian grounds and old firm derbies are often more an excuse for bigotry and violence than anything to do with sport.
Equipment: A blue scarf or sweater if going to see Rangers play and a green scarf or sweater if going to see Celtic. Whatever else you do DO NOT wear the wrong colour to the wrong match or you could end up visiting the accident and emergency department of one of the city's hospitals!
There are little to no words to describe what it is like to attend one of these games.
The tension is beyond anything you may have ever experienced. Some ejits compare it to a Manchester derby and let me tell you there are no comparison. To put it in perspective 60,000 fans, 50,000 Celtic fans and the rest Rangers. It borders on insanity I got spat at by a 13 year old boy who was with his dad who was also spitting at me referring to me as a fenian C**t, which was nice. Don’t expect to encounter any great conversation from either side, this is a day when doctors become hooligans, it simply can't be helped.
Word of warning the cost of these tickets on the black market is phenomenal. For the game in which Celtic won 6-2, I believe it was our saviours fist game in charge I paid £190. Also if you are in the possession of a thick Republic of Ireland accent going out in town may not be that advisable, stick to the east end the pubs are s**tholes but at least you are with 'like minded' people.
Even if you tend to lean on the darker side of life getting tickets for the devils end is close to impossible as well although I here at the minute tickets to castle grey skull are plentiful.
You may also note there are other teams to go and watch in and around the area. Greenock Morton, Clyde, Airdrie, Alloa, etc.Partick Thistle is popular with student types.
Football is everything in this fantastic city and outwith Old Frm games the vast majority of people get along fine, you just can't account for morons.
If you go to Glasgow it is well worth a trip to the south side of the city to Rangers football club. Rangers has a 5 star stadium(as awarded by FIFA) and is one of only 12 stadiums in Europe to have this privilige. Take a tour of the trophy room which is packed with the history wihich has made Rangers the club that has won more cups and championships than any other club in the WORLD. Sample the atmosphere of the big game and enjoy what is a day to remember.
Equipment: A red white and blue scarf and a Union jack flag will also come in handy.
So, you can't get a ticket to watch Rangers or Celtic, Partick are away you need a footie fix in Glasgow - Queens Park are the answer. Currently, as usual, in the 3rd division and struggling on. They play in a small stadium next door to Hampden Park in front of crowds of little more than 500 usually.
The mighty Jags are the Glasgow alternative to Rangers and Celtic in the SPL. Very much the poor relations and the main aim each season is not to be relegated I guess. Lucky enough to see a 5-3 drubbing of Dundee on my only visit to Firhill Park in 1991!
Fixtues and ticket info can be found on their website.
A must see for any football fan is Hampden Park stadium; home of Queens Park, the national team and Scottish football museum. It's great for taking a look back at Scottish greats, great teams, Anglo-Scottish rivalries and Scottish football history (check out ye olde commentary box and various player medals). And don't miss Archie Gemmill's famous goal....complete with sprawling Dutch defenders!!!
Well the most popular sport in Glasgow is football. With the two favoured teams being Celtic and Rangers.
Equipment: Mouthshield for the bars on the day of a Celtic and Rangers match