Rugby @ Glasgow Warriors
Rugby is a Cinderella sport in Glasgow, coming in well behind football (soccer), getting drunk and starting fights in the popularity stakes.
But the local pro rugby team has been steadily developing its fan base, and even managed to sell out the stadium recently.
I went along for the 1st time in May 12. I'd probably have been before but (1) until this season I spent my winters driving my son to his ice hockey games and (2) they usually play on Friday night - I'd have to drive to & into the city in the tail end of the rush hour, and then not be home until almost 11.
So when a Saturday night game came along, and it was a crucial one for Glasgow getting a playoff slot, I decided the time was ripe.
It turned out really well. They won against Connacht (one of the Irish teams), the crowd was big and noisy and I brought along 2 teenage Bavarian students for their first rugby game. We all enjoyed it.
The game was at Firhill - the home of Partick Thistle football club. The team's last game there before moving to Scotstoun Stadium for the 12-13 season.
Tickets were £15 for me, £10 for the over 18 student and £5 for the under 18s. It was "free seating" - no allocated seat numbers - so worth being there a bit early to get good seats.
Just back from my first visit to Scotstoun. A huge improvement on Firhill. Warriors (2nd) beat Ulster (1st) in a thriller.
Equipment: Lots of warm clothing. Even at the beginning of May it was very cold after the sun went down.
I'd be interested to see what the catering will be like at Scotstoun - certainly at Firhill it seemed to be just the Scotch pies which football fans drool over. Yuuukh.
Either way, bring a sandwich if in doubt.Related to:
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ice hockey @ Braehead
Someone started a professional ice hockey team in Glasgow in the 11-12 season - Braehead Clan.
Sad to say I'm old enough to remember ice hockey at Crossmyloof - the rink has been a supermarket for decades now!
Last night (9-11-12) I jumped in the car after work and travelled west to see "my" team take on the Clan. I'd been to the arena before when my son was playing, but it was my first outing to a Clan game.
Apart from the result, it was good. Caps (Edinburgh Capitals) lost 1-6. It was closer than that, but they sagged badly in the last 10 minutes.
I'd go back. Good venue.
Equipment: Beer tokens - you can get beer at your seat. The only rink in Scotland where that happens.
It's warm, so don't worry about layering up.
£16 for a good seat. £4 for a programme.Related to:
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This place is an indoor real snow slope and nursery slope for skiiing and snowboarding [and also toboganning I believe..]. You can take lessons. If you are up to the standard of being able to control your speed & turns & use the tow then you can use the main slope which is about 200m long. There are some jumps and things for doing tricks or you can just go straight down like me! I'd only been to a dry ski slope locally and found quite a difference being on the snow but it was great fun and would definitely go back
Equipment: If you have your own equipement then bring it with you but the use of boots & skis/snowboard is included in the price. Ski trousers and jackets can be hired for £5. Although its quite cold i found having a long sleeve top on underneath quite warm once i got going up and down. Gloves are essential though, but if you forget you can buy them for £12
We paid £25 for 2 hours on a Thursday night which was Freestyle hour - bit advanced for me really! Normally its £21 for an hour but I think they do different deals depending on time of day, number of people etc so check out the website before you go
I have been to this centre at Braehead a couple of times now. It has a whole range of activites perfect for a rainy day. As well as an indoor real snow slope [see my next tip], it has climbing walls, mini golf, bowling, cinema and a host of restaurants, bars and sports equipement shops. We played mini golf on our first visit and had dinner and I was there more recently to use the snow slope
Equipment: Equipement can be hired for all activities if it is neededRelated to:
- Skiing and Boarding
Glasgow Tigers Speedway
Every Sunday at 4pm I enjoy two hours of the fastest family fun in Glasgow.
So what is speedway?
In a nutshell, its 500cc bikes, four riders, four laps, 0-60 in seconds and no brakes!!
The spectacle is something to behold and I join a thousand others each weekend to follow the Glasgow Tigers as they race against other teams from the length and breadth of Britain.
If you fancy something different to tell your mates on Monday morning then get along to the only live motorsport in Glasgow!
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# Address: Ashfield Stadium, 404 Hawthorne Street, G22 6RU
# Phone: 0141 849 6088
# Directions: See http://www.glasgowspeedway.co.uk/info.php.
# Website: http://www.glasgowspeedway.co.uk/index.php
Equipment: None RequiredRelated to:
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Horse racing @ Hamilton Park
Visited this racecourse for the 1st time in July 08 for a Saturday evening meeting. 7 races starting at 6.10 and finishing 9.15.
Great value for £23 admission - thats for the club enclosure which puts you at the finishing line. Its cheaper for general admission, but obviously you don't see the finish so well. £2.50 for a racecard, and parking was free.
I liked the course - lots of trees and greenery. Plenty of food and drink outlets, all well staffed and accessible even on a fairly busy night. I had a picnic in the car park, so can't comment on their quality. Very nice parade ring and you can get very close to the horses.
No traffic problems getting in and out.
Sorry, but no pictures. It was a cloudy, overcast evening.
Equipment: Cash for bets.
Binoculars for following the action from a distance.
Suitable clothing - check the weather forecast. There is some cover, but not enough for everyone if it rains!Related to:
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Going to Hampden? Get Museumed up!
Hampden is the home of Scottish football and you will find the Scottish Football museum there. It`s definitely worth a visit and as well as seeing some famous trophies you can destroy your teeth with a lovely macaroon bar from the shop. You also go to the dressing rooms and remember to pin a photo of your favourite team in the referees room (joking).
Loads of buses go near to Hampden, go to the bus stop in Stockwell Street just off Argyle Street and ask the driver when the bus arrives, " gotayhampdenmate?"
- Museum Visits
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Local Football in Glasgow.....
If yor living in or near Strathclyde University Campus ..High St.,,Glasgow Cross,,,and you like to play football,,,,,,,,,,just pop up to the "Pitz" at Townhead, its' a purpose built 5 a side complex,,,,,,,,,,,,the good bit is , you can skip onto the pitches for free during the day , before 3 o clock,, Mon, Tues, Wednesday........somebody will always offer you to join in............the place is full of 45 year old Celtic and Rangers Players , playin in skin tight replica jerseys.................
Equipment: A Ball................Related to:
- Museum Visits
The home of most major soccer matches played by Scotland as well as domestic cup finals, the Scottish Claymores and 2003 NFL Worldbowl.
Impressive stadium now that all the renovation work has been completed, food a little expensive and no chance of a beer either!
The glasgow climbing centre
This is a climbing wall inside of an old converted church. Lots of routes from beginner to advanced. All the necessary equipment including rockshoes, and harnesses can be rented from the centre. There is a climbing gear shop there aswell.
Equipment: You can bring your own gear or rent it.
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