In Brief

Hampden Park to remain the home of Scottish football

Murrayfield move ruled out after the SFA agrees £5m deal to buy Hampden from Queen’s Park FC

Hampden Park will continue to be the home of Scottish football, it was announced today.

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) had held a “lengthy and rigorous process” that saw Glasgow-based Hampden compete with Edinburgh’s Murrayfield stadium to host Scotland football matches after 2020.

Murrayfield, the home stadium for Scotland’s rugby team, had bid to host Scotland football matches when the existing lease of Hampden expires in the summer of 2020.

However, the SFA has agreed a £5m deal to buy Hampden from current owners Queen’s Park FC in 2020. The SFA says that ownership of Hampden marks the first step to redevelop Scotland’s national stadium.

The £5m agreement will also allow League Two side Queen’s Park to “adapt Lesser Hampden to become its new registered licensed ground for all its matches”, the SFA said in a statement.

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

“It was a hugely difficult decision and I would like to place on record our thanks to Scottish Rugby for their professionalism throughout the process.

“They made a truly compelling case to move to Edinburgh and gave us a very difficult decision to make.

“This decision is about what was best for Scottish football and our members. It is about the future of football in Scotland.”

Recommended

Ryder Cup: the history and drama of golf’s biggest event
Ryder Cup
In Depth

Ryder Cup: the history and drama of golf’s biggest event

Doping in sport: should cannabis be on the list of banned substances?
US sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson missed the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for cannabis
In Focus

Doping in sport: should cannabis be on the list of banned substances?

Messi vs. Ronaldo: how football’s two superstars compare
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Profile

Messi vs. Ronaldo: how football’s two superstars compare

A World Cup every two years - for football and rugby union?
Football’s Fifa World Cup and rugby union’s Webb Ellis Cup trophies
Pros and cons

A World Cup every two years - for football and rugby union?

Popular articles

Doctor says we should not sleep naked because of flatulent spraying
The feet of a person sleeping in a bed
Tall Tales

Doctor says we should not sleep naked because of flatulent spraying

World’s most extreme weather events in 2021
Wildfire in Greece
In pictures

World’s most extreme weather events in 2021

The man tasked with putting a price on 9/11’s lost lives
Kenneth Feinberg at a Congressional hearing
Profile

The man tasked with putting a price on 9/11’s lost lives

The Week Footer Banner