Capacity: 60,832 (all seated)
Address: 18 Kerrydale St, Glasgow, G40 3RE
Telephone: 871 226 1888
Fax: 0141 551 8106
Ticket Office: 0871 226 1888
Stadium Tours: 0141 551 4308
Pitch Size: 105m x 68m
Club Nickname: The Bhoys
Year Ground Opened: 1892
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: dafabet
Kit Manufacturer: New Balance
Home Kit: Green and White Hoops
Away Kit: Black With Gold Trim
Celtic Park (although known to many fans by the name of the Parkhead area in which it is situated) is simply a massive stadium that can be seen from miles around. Three quarters of the ground have been re-developed over the years greatly improving the overall look. The ground is totally enclosed, with the three new sides being two tiered. The lower tiers of these stands are huge and come up to roughly the same height as the older Main (South) Stand which is also two tiered, just showing how large they are. The upper tiers of the new North Stand does have a few supporting pillars, which may obstruct your view (the club do however issue reduced price tickets for those seats effected). The Main Stand is unusual as it has a large roof, most of which is translucent, which makes it look quite striking. The translucency helps keep the pitch in good condition. A television gantry is also suspended from beneath its roof. However with the Main Stand being far smaller then the other sides, the ground looks a little unbalanced. Still if this was to be re-developed at some point in the future then I'm sure Celtic Park would be in the running for the best club ground in Britain. However, I understand that this may be sometime off as the Main Stand is a listed building. There are also two large video screens suspended from beneath the roof at either end of the ground. The quality of the image shown on these screens are superb. Another unusual aspect of the ground is that it has a number of seats that can be heated in cold weather.
Outside the main entrance are three statues; Jock Stein (former Manager), Jimmy Johnstone (Former player) and Brother Walfrid who founder the Club in 1888. In December 2015 a fourth statue was unveiled of former player and club manager; Billy McNeill. Billy is shown holding the European Cup aloft.
In the Summer of 2016 a new safe standing area was introduced into Celtic Park. Located in one corner in-between the Lisbon Lions and North Stands, in can accommodate 2,600 fans (see below for more information).
Celtic have become the first major club in the country to introduce a 'safe standing' area at Celtic Park. Based on the rail seating system used at some Bundesliga stadiums, then an area has been created in the lower tier of the North East corner of the stadium. This area which can accommodate 2,600 fans, has both seats and stanchions running across each row. For domestic games the seats will be locked back out of the way and fans will be able to stand and use the stanchions (rails) to lean against if they so wish. For European games where there is a requirement for fans to sit, then the seats can be unlocked for use. If this safe standing area proves to be successful, then many more Clubs will wish to follow suit, as it allows them to relatively easily and cheaply increase the ground capacity, as the standing areas normally accommodate more fans than if they were all seated. Plus it is hoped that by allowing fans to stand, it will boost the atmosphere generated within the stadium and improve the overall matchday experience for supporters.
Away fans are housed in the lower corner of the Lisbon Lions Stand at one end of the ground. The views of the playing action and the facilities provided within this stand are adequate, although it should be noted that there are a number of restricted view seats in the away section, for which the club charge a lower admission fee. There are also betting facilities available within the ground. The atmosphere within Celtic Park is normally superb and it is a great stadium to watch football in.
As would be expected most bars around the Parkhead area, are partisan & particularly busy. It is probably best to drink in the city centre beforehand. However most of these bars will not serve fans wearing football colours.
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The ground is on the East side of Glasgow on the A74 (London Road).
From The South:
Leave the M74 at Junction 2A (signposted A74 Tollcross/Rutherglen). At the bottom of the slip road at the roundabout turn right towards Tollcross A74. You will then reach a set of traffic lights (with a McDonalds on the right hand side) where you bear left onto the A74 towards Glasgow City Centre. After just under two miles you will reach Celtic Park on your right hand side.
From The North and East:
Leave the M8 at Junction 8 and follow the M73 South towards Carlisle. At the end of the M73 join the M74 northbound towards Glasgow. Leave the M74 at Junction 2A then from as South above.
There is plenty of street parking to be had, especially in the side streets off the London Road going down towards the A74. Don't be surprised though, as you get out of your car, that some kid appears uttering the words 'mind yer car mister?'
Glasgow Central and Queens Street railway stations are around a 30 minute walk away from the ground. Probably best to jump in a taxi (about £5). Otherwise if you arrive at Glasgow Central you can take a local train to Dalmarnock station which is about a ten minute walk away from the ground. Paul Boyd provides the following directions to the ground; 'As you come out of the station entrance, turn right and proceed to the end of the road. Turn left into Dalmarnock Road and proceed up to the traffic lights at the junction with Mill Street. Turn right at those lights into Mill Street and proceed all the way along Mill Street until you reach the traffic lights at London Road (at the junction with the Police Station). From there, you turn right and Celtic Park is around 250 yards up the road on the left hand side'.
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The club operate a category system of games, so that the most popular games are priced more then others.
Over 65's/Under 16's £17-£22
Under 13's £10-£15
In addition there are a number of 'restricted view' tickets available, which on an adult ticket are £3 cheaper, then the price quoted above.
Official Programme £3
Not The View Fanzine £2.50
There are six wheelchair spaces made available to away fans in the North & East Stands. Wheelchair users are charged £8, which includes the admittance of one helper. Places must be booked in advance with the Club on 0141 551-4311.
In December 2015 a statue of former player and manager Billy McNeill was unveiled outside Celtic Park. It was sculpted by John McKenna who also sculpted the statue of Jock Stein, which is also at Celtic Park. The statue shows Billy McNeill with the European Cup being held aloft. Billy captained the Celtic side that won the European Cup in 1967.
Thanks to Steve Mates for providing the photo above of the Billy McNeill Statue.
Record Attendance: 92,000 v Glasgow Rangers, 1938.
2015-2016: 44,850 (Premier League)
2014-2015: 44,585 (Premier League)
2013-2014: 47,079 (Premier League)
The Club offer regular daily tours of the stadium, including matchdays (although 3pm kick off games on Saturdays and Sundays, have tours taking place only in the mornings, with no access to the dressing rooms). The tours cost:
Over 65's/Students £8
Under 12's £6
Under 5's Free
Family Tickets (2 Adults + 2 Under 12's) £25.
Tours should be booked in advance by calling 0871 226 1888 and selecting Option 7.
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Special thanks to Owen Pavey for supplying the layout diagram of Celtic Park.
Celtic v Heart Of Midlothian
Scottish Premier League
Sunday 7th October 2012, 3pm
Connor Cunningham (Hearts fan)
1. Why you were looking forward to going to Celtic Park? (or not as the case may be):
Although the majority of Hearts fans don't like coming here, I've always liked Celtic Park. It's of course the biggest stadium in the country, and it's also a class above the rest. I'd been here on two previous occasions prior to this match, and although I didn't have good footballing experiences, I thoroughly enjoyed being at the ground. With a number of Celtic fans in my family, I've always wanted to go along with one of them to watch a European tie at Parkhead (still wouldn't cheer Celtic on though!).
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
On this occasion, I traveled with the clubs official supporter bus which leaves directly from Tynecastle. On my first visit I traveled with a Celtic supporters bus which parked fairly close to the ground. The 2nd time, I made my own way through on public transport. I've found on all occasions that the ground is simple to find. On the Hearts supporters bus though, we had to park about a 15 minute walk from the ground. I don't think this is the usual procedure but it's one long road all the way to the stadium so still easy to get to.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Hearts fans aren't very welcome in that neck of the woods, so unfortunately there isn't an awful lot on offer in terms of pre match entertainment. If you are making your own way through, then of course you can go to the city centre which is friendly enough, but I'm not sure on matchday restrictions. Some Hearts fans even go to Rangers supporters clubs if they manage to find one that'll accept them. All the pubs around Celtic Park are Celtic themed and full of home supporters so it's not really ideal for many away supporters, but some might be more welcome than others.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Celtic Park?
On my first visit to Celtic Park, I was fascinated once I got inside. I was only 13 at the time so was easily excited. Unfortunately, I sat in the Celtic end on my first trip and I was sat high up with an excellent view. Away fans are situated in a corner of the ground, much like Ibrox. On my most recent trip, it was a rather timid affair, but when Celtic Park is full and the atmosphere is good, it can be slightly intimidating. Especially given the hostile reception that Hearts fans are given.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
My previous 2 visits saw Celtic win both 5-0 and 4-0, so I was just hoping to see a slightly more competitive game this time around. The game was a rather poor affair which reflected on the atmosphere. There wasn't a huge crowd either, due to the early Sunday kick-off meaning that it wasn't a classic visit to Parkhead. Celtic won by a single goal, practically gifted by Hearts substitute goalkeeper. Other than that, it was a fairly scrappy game which neither side really deserved to win. Due to what's already been said, there wasn't much action between the supporters meaning the stewards and police were hardly active all day. What I will say though, is that on previous occasions Police and even stewards have been known for their rather heavy handed approach. So much so, that Hearts have even sent their own stewards to assist in the away end on our last few visits.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Again, it was that long walk down the road to catch the supporters bus. It wasn't the worst of results so it was a bit of an easier journey home to face. Hardly any traffic at all surprisingly, and with the game finishing shortly before 3, we were back at Tynecastle by half 4.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Not the best of visits but it hasn't put me off. The match was poor but the result was certainly an improvement of my previous visits. Was a fairly mediocre day all round, but it certainly could have been a whole lot worse.