Scotland’s national football stadium, Hampden Park, will be unable to host football matches for one year to enable the venue to be used during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, it was revealed yesterday.
Work will start in November 2013 to reduce the capacity of the stadium on a temporary basis from 52,000 seats to 44,000 so it can stage the Commonwealth Games’ track and field athletics events. Work to remove the running track will begin immediately after the Games, with the stadium then reopening to football by “late 2014”.
Owing to the construction schedule, Scotland will have to play the first few games of its UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying campaign away from Hampden Park. The 2014 Scottish Cup and League Cup semi-finals and finals will also have to be moved.
“For decades, Hampden Park has witnessed world-class footballers playing at the peak of their profession,” the stadium’s managing director, Peter Dallas, said. “Some of the planet’s biggest music stars have also played at the stadium enjoying the unique atmosphere and energy created at Hampden. The Commonwealth Games will add world-class athletes to the list of greats who have enjoyed the Hampden experience.”