Celtic

Celtic Park

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
Pitch Type: Grass
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: Light & Dark Green Hoops

External View
External View
North & Lisbon Lions Stand
North & Lisbon Lions Stand
Jock Stein Stand
Jock Stein Stand
Main Stand
Main Stand
North Stand
North Stand
Lisbon Lions Stand
Lisbon Lions Stand
Main Entrance
Main Entrance
Jock Stein Statue
Jock Stein Statue
Jimmy Johnstone Statue
Jimmy Johnstone Statue
Brother Walfrid Statue
Brother Walfrid Statue
Lisbon Lions Stand
Lisbon Lions Stand

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.

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?' There is also the option of renting a private driveway near Celtic Park via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

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.

Adults £26-£31
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

Glasgow Celtic FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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.

Billy McNeill Statue

Thanks to Steve Mates for providing the photo above of the Billy McNeill Statue.

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:

Adults £10
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.

Record Attendance:

92,000 v Glasgow Rangers, 1938. 

Average Attendance
2016-2017: 54,726 (Premier League)
2015-2016: 44,850 (Premier League)
2014-2015: 44,585 (Premier League)

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If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, then please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.

Special thanks to Owen Pavey for supplying the layout diagram of Celtic Park.

Celtic v St.Mirren
Scottish Cup Quarter Final
Sunday 5th March 2017, 12:30 pm
Matthew Nicol (St.Mirren fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Celtic Park?

As a St. Mirren supporter a trip to Celtic Park is always a daunting one and this time even more so as we were bottom of the league and Celtic were unbeaten domestically so far this season. So I wasn't really looking forward to this game but I decided to go just to tick it off the list of grounds been to and hoping that Saints would get a win.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

As I got a supporters coach parking was not an issue for me and the ground was well signposted. Celtic Park is one of Scotland's most accessible grounds.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

After getting off the bus I headed straight for the ground as the old firm fans can be fairly hostile to visiting support.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Celtic Park?

Celtic Park is rather impressive and is Scotland's biggest ground although there are some rather inconveniently placed pillars that block the view of the goal at the West end for away fans.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself started well for St.Mirren as we put some early pressure on the hosts. One thing I did notice was how quiet the "Green Brigade" were in the standing section to our right. I had previously seen videos of them and was expecting them to generate a lot of noise but they were out sung for most of the game by the 600 Saints fans and a drum. The Green Brigade even went quieter when Harry Davis put us in front on the 13 minute mark sending the away support wild. Sadly it was not to be as four second half goals for Celtic put them into the semi final. The stewards were not bad although they did tell a lot of away fans to sit down. As for the food it was wasn't great barely warm and costly too.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground wasn't too bad as the Police had closed the street off, so it was just a short walk back to the waiting coaches. Then the traffic wasn't too bad enabling us to be back in Paisley just 45 minutes after the final whistle.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The day at Celtic Park was an enjoyable one despite being beat 4-1. I was though disappointed by the lack of noise generated by the home fans.

Celtic v Hamilton Academical
Scottish Premier League
Saturday 25th February 2017, 3pm
Joe Eckstrom (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Celtic Park?
 
I was traveling from the USA, and wanted to get a chance to see some football. Celtic are a famous club, and famous for their atmosphere, and I was excited to see for mys elf how it compares to our league back home.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We took a taxi to Parkhead, we arrived around 12:30 for a 3pm kick off so there was no traffic or issues getting to the ground, took maybe 15 minutes from the city centre.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Before the game, we went into the very large team store and looked around, and took some pictures outside the stadium. We then went to the Kerrydale Bar which is onsite, for a few drinks pre match. I was impressed with the facility, as it was very large, with live music, and affordable drinks. There were big banquet tables that are first come, first serve, so we sat with some home fans who were very welcoming. I am not sure if away fans were welcome to the bar, but it says it is open to all match day ticket holders.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Celtic Park?
 
We had seats on the lower tier of the Jock Stein Stand, behind the goal and I was really impressed with the stadium itself when we took our seats, it looks much larger inside than it does outside the ground. Three uniform sides and then one with the single tier. It was really cool to see how the stadium got redeveloped in stages, all of the similar sized NFL stadiums are much more generic looking. The away section was in the corner of the stadium, at the far end from where we were sitting.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game itself was never really in doubt, and kind of a dull affair. The Accies were at the bottom of the league, and Celtic were in the middle of their unbeaten league run, with the league all but wrapped up in late February, so the famous Celtic atmosphere was never really there. Their standing section was active and singing the whole time, but in a stadium so large, the noise was lost, and the rest of the crowd wasn't really interested in singing. Dembele scored right on halftime, and put the game out of reach with a penalty early in the second half. I did try one of the pies, a chicken curry pie that I liked very much. I was shocked when I asked to buy a water, that they didn't sell any!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
After the game, we walked down the London Road to the Bridgeton train station, where we caught a bus back to the city centre with no issues.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Overall it was a very memorable day out, and a great experience to see a match at such a famous ground. It's a shame that we couldn't be there to see a more meaningful game, with that famous Celtic atmosphere. The fans and stewards couldn't have been more friendly or helpful!

Celtic v Manchester City
Champions League Group Stage
Wednesday 28th September 2016, 7.45pm
Steve Welch (Manchester City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Celtic Park?

I had never been to Celtic Park before, and I was anticipating a great atmosphere inside the stadium.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

It was dead easy using Sat Nav. We had pre-booked a private parking space about a mile away from Celtic Park, but handy for the motorway.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We had to collect our tickets beforehand in the City Centre, where we had to queue for around 40 minutes. Not good when you are parked on a meter! Found the home fans friendly with not a hint of trouble.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Celtic Park?

I thought that Celtic Park was very impressive,  with the high stands. The fans were very noisy especially before the game.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game had to be one of the best attended, tremendous atmosphere from the home fans even when we scored they were still singing. Stewards were friendly to the point that City fans who didn't stand in the right area were eventually left alone as the stewards failed in their attempt to get them to move. Didn't get anything inside the ground but a burger from a burger van.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After walking the mile back to the car, was the inevitable delay with traffic due to the high attendance.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Will be looking forward to the next time we play them, might even wear my colours next time. I was a bit apprehensive wearing them as I was told you had to go past their end to get to ours.

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Updated 28th February 2018

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