Capacity: 52,500 (all seated)
Address: Mount Florida, Glasgow, G42 9BA
Telephone: 0141 632 1275
Fax: 0141 636 1612
Pitch Size: 115 x 75 yards
Club Nickname: Spiders
Year Ground Opened: 1903
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Home Kit: Black and White
Hampden Park is a modern all seated stadium. Although not particularly large for a national stadium, it still retains its charm and individual character which is enhanced by it's completely enclosed oval shape. Three sides of the stadium are single tiered, but the South Stand on one side of it, has a small second tier, which slightly overhangs the lower one. Normally this may mean that the stadium would look imbalanced, but it has been well integrated with the rest of the stadium with oval stadium roof rising gently towards this stand. There are also two electric scoreboards which are suspended underneath the roofs at either end of the stadium. One unusual aspect of the stadium is that the team dugouts are actually situated six rows up on the South Stand. This is to allow team managers to get a better view of the game.
Only part of the BT Scotland South Stand is open for Queens Park games and normally segregation of fans is not enforced. Two turnstiles P & O which are open for each game are located to the left of the main entrance. If segregation is in force, then away fans use turnstiles I & J, which are located to the right of the main entrance.
The facilities within Hampden are great, plus the leg room and view of the playing action, are also both good. On the good sized concourse there is a small club shop and refreshments on sale include; Hampden Scotch Pie (£2.30), Steak Pie (£2.90), Butternut Squash and Goats Cheese Pie (£3.60), Hot Dogs (£4.50) and Chips (£2.60).
Although a pleasant afternoon out, crowds of around the 5-600 mark, in a 52,500 seater stadium, does little for the atmosphere. In fact at times, you would be thinking that you were attending a reserve match, with the players' voices echoing around the ground. Still the p.a. system stills booms around the stadium before the game and at half time, the electric scoreboards are in operation and there is still a game of football to watched.
On my last visit against Albion Rovers, five minutes before kick off, there was a fair queue for refreshments. An Albion fan shouts to his friend in the queue; 'Hurry up Willie, or else we'll not get a seat!'. That brought a smile to my face considering that there were around 52,000 empty seats inside the stadium.
There is the Queens Park Social Club, in Somerville Drive (adjacent in office accommodation to the nearby Lesser Hampden ground), which allows in away fans. Beyond the East side of the stadium (and tucked behind a handy Greggs Bakery and a Bookies) is the Montford House pub, which is located on Curtis Avenue (just off Aikenhead Road). Over on the opposite West side of the Stadium near Mount Florida Station is the Mount Florida pub on Battlefield Road and nearby the Clockwork Beer Company on Cathcart Road. (going away from the city centre). The Clockwork is a spacious pub which brews its own beers and stocks a wide range of vintage whiskies.
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Leave the M74 at Junction 1A and take the B763 towards Polmadie/Kings Park/National Stadium. After about a mile you will pass a large Asda Store on your left. After the next set of traffic lights you will see the stadium over on your right. The main entrance is further up Aikenhead Road on the right and this leads up to a large car park which is free, located behind the South Stand.
The nearest railway stations to Hampden Park are Mount Florida and Kings Park. Both are served by trains from Glasgow Central (journey time around 10-15 minutes) and are around a five minute walk away from the stadium.
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Parent + Child: £12 per adult, plus £1 per child.
Concessions apply to OAP's, Under 16's, Students & the Unemployed.
Official Programme £2 (available within the stadium).
Clyde and Albion Rovers.
44 wheelchair spaces are available within the South Stand, as well as provision for an accompanying carer. There are also 55 places for ambulant/blind persons (guide dogs are allowed). Disabled supporters and their carers are admitted free. Places do not normally have to be pre-booked but it would be of courtesy to the Club to do so by calling them on 01224-650423.
For Hampden Park: 149,415 - Scotland v England, 1937. This is the record for the largest attendance at a football match in Britain.
For Queens Park: 95,722 v Rangers (1930).
2015-2016: 518 (League Two)
2014-2015: 608 (League Two)
2013-2014: 425 (League Two)
For all those ground enthusiasts out there, then make sure you take a peak at the old lesser Hampden, behind the West Stand. This is a small old ground, that has quite a quaint looking stand at one side of the pitch. In the past it has been used by Queens Park reserves, as well as for the odd first team outing.
The stadium is also the home of the Scottish Football Museum, which opened it's doors in May 2001. I was thoroughly impressed not only with the standard of museum, but also the vast array of items that can be seen. From a ticket from the first ever Football International held in Glasgow in 1872, to an exhibition of football related 'toys'. The current Scottish Cup is also available to view within the museum. What I particularly liked was the emphasis on the fans involvement in the Clubs, from the first fanzines to the Tartan Army. The museum is a must for any true football supporter.
The museum is open daily from 10.00am to 5pm (Sunday's 11am-5pm, Last admittance all days - 4.15pm). Entrance costs £5.50 for adults and £2.75 for concessions. Tours of the stadium are also available on non matchdays for an additional charge of £3 adults, £1.75 concessions. Alternatively if you wish you can just book a tour of the stadium which costs £6 adults, £3 concessions. If you have an enquiry you can ring the museum on 0141-616-6139. Queens Park offer on matchdays a joint 'museum entry and matchday' ticket for just £10.
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