Scotland’s national football stadium Hampden Park will be the venue for eight matches in the London 2012 Olympic football tournament, three fixtures from the men’s competition and five from the women’s tournament.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) have done a great job in selecting venues in London and around the country, with the football competitions in particular giving fans a chance to enjoy the Olympic action in several locations across Great Britain.
Glasgow’s Hampden Park is one of six venues hosting the London 2012 Olympic Football tournament, the others being Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, the City of Coventry Stadium, Manchester’s Old Trafford, Newcastle’s St James’ Park and Wembley Stadium in London.
Hampden is a fitting stage for Olympic competition given its heritage as one of the great stadiums of world football. Now a world-class 52,000 capacity all-seater stadium, Hampden opened in 1903 as the biggest stadium in the world and still holds the record for the largest attendance at a European football international – 149,415 – for a Scotland vs England match in 1937.
The ground has hosted numerous prestigious European club football matches including European Cup (Champions League) and UEFA Cup finals. The modernisation work to bring the stadium up to its current high standards was completed in 1999 and the ground now hosts all of Scotland’s domestic semi-finals and finals in major cup competitions, as well as international matches and music concerts.
Interestingly, the stadium will be temporarily converted into a track and field facility with the implementation of a ‘fill-in’ technique over the current football pitch to raise the playing surface.
The London 2012 Olympic football competition visits Hampden Park on 25th, 26th, 28th of July and 1st and 3rd August and tickets were still available for most fixtures in the build up to the Games.
Public facilities: There will be food and drink stands available, plus toilets and baby changing facilities and the London 2012 Shop. There will also be information points for venue and sports information, transport updates, lost and found services and pushchair and wheelchair storage.
History: Hampden Park was the biggest stadium in the world when it opened in 1903 and holds the record for the biggest crowd at a European football international (149,415, Scotland vs England, 1937). The stadium was modernised in the 1990s and re-opened as an all-seater stadium in 1999.
What’s on?: Football (25th, 26th, 28th July, 1st and 3rd August)
How do you get there?: Travelling from Glasgow city centre is easy with free shuttle buses running from Buchanan bus station to the venue. The recommended national rail station is Mount Florida, which is less than ten minutes' walk to the stadium. If travelling from outside Glasgow by rail to Glasgow Queen Street station, the best option is to then take the free bus from Buchanan bus station.
Find it on the map: here.
Location – in relation to other venues: Glasgow is 400 miles north of London, with excellent road, rail or flight connections to the English capital.