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: White and Green
Third Kit: Yellow, Green & Black

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.

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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?' 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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Adults: £28
Over 65's/Under 16's £18
Under 13's: £10

In addition, there are a number of 'restricted view' tickets available, which are £3 cheaper (except Under 13's), then the price quoted above.

Official Programme £3
Not The View Fanzine £2.50

Glasgow Celtic FC fixture list (takes you to the official Celtic FC 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
2017-2018: 57,523 (Premier League)
2016-2017: 54,726 (Premier League)
2015-2016: 44,850 (Premier League)

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

Celtic v Aberdeen
Scottish Premier League
Sunday 13th May 2018, 12.30pm
Paul Donaldson (Aberdeen fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Celtic Park?
 
This was the final game of the season, and a win for Aberdeen would secure second place in the league. Had Aberdeen drawn or lost against Celtic, we would have been relying on Hibernian beating Rangers at home (the final result there was 5-5). This was my first ever visit to Celtic Park, so I was looking forward to the game, despite being slightly nervous about the match itself, because Celtic are by some distance the best team in Scotland (although not unbeatable this season), and Aberdeen had not won a league match at Parkhead since 2004.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I live in Coatbridge, and possibly the only Aberdeen supporter who lives there who was at the game. I took the train and got off at Carntyne, from there it is about a 25 minute walk to Celtic Park. I didn't see any other Aberdeen supporters until I was right outside Celtic Park.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I first put a bet on the match at the bookies around the corner from Celtic Park, £2 on a 1-0 win for Aberdeen at 11/1. I put this bet on more in hope than expectation. After that I went into the ground immediately, I took my seat around an hour before kick off, and used the time to read some of the programme I had bought outside the ground. The home fans seemed friendly enough, but I did take the precaution of zipping my top all the way up outside the ground so my red t-shirt could not be seen - just in case - but there probably wasn't too much need. I was expecting some level of hostility from the home fans, but there was none at all.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Celtic Park?
 
I've driven past Celtic Park many times before, but it's only when you are up close to it that you get an idea of the scale of the place. Especially how tall it is on three sides. Aberdeen supporters had been allocated around 700 or 800 tickets in a very small section of the corner beside the older Main Stand. The section of seating where my ticket was allocated in was closed off, but the steward told me to sit in the next section in any seat in the same row. There seemed to be a bit of a mix up and a lot of fans with the same problem as me, having a ticket for a seat in a closed off section. To be fair, this was nothing to do with the stewards on the ground who were only doing their job but probably caused by their managers. When it became clear a few minutes before kick off that there were more fans than seats available, they opened the previously closed section of seating and I was able to move to my allocated seat. The stand seemed fairly steep, which would have given a fairly decent view, except for the very wide pillar supporting the roof of the older Main Stand, which obscured quite a large section of the middle of the pitch, but at least I was able to see both goalmouths. If you'd been sitting a few seats to either side, your view of one of the goalmouths would have been completely blocked by this pillar. I felt that £27 was slightly expensive for having a restricted view like this. I thought the leg room wasn't very much and it would've been a fairly uncomfortable 90 minutes sitting for anybody who was quite tall. Apart from the old Main Stand and the two corners immediately either side of the Main Stand which are single tier, the other three sides of the stadium are two-tiered, and you very quickly realise how big and impressive looking a stadium that you are in.
 
If Celtic ever decided to rebuild the Main Stand at some time in the future, I'm sure they could easily rival Old Trafford in terms of capacity and have one of the most impressive looking stadiums in Europe. One unique (in the UK just now) feature of Parkhead is the safe standing area in one of the corners of the ground, and most of the atmosphere and noise in the ground was being generated from there. Hopefully, Aberdeen's new stadium will include a safe standing area.
 
Between the upper and lower tiers of the North Stand, a section of darker green seats is noticable, and I'm guessing this was hospitality seating, because they were all completely empty up before kick off and at half time.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Aberdeen started well and hit the bar a few minutes into the match from a free kick just outside the box. A few minutes after that, one of the Celtic defenders put the ball just past his own post, the keeper was beaten which would have meant an own goal had it gone it. Aberdeen almost scored very soon after the start of the second half, and then about a minute later Andrew Considine did score for Aberdeen. Unsurprisingly Celtic had far more of the possession than Aberdeen and a lot more chances, but Aberdeen defended really well throughout the second half, and the Aberdeen goalkeeper, Joe Lewis had a few brilliant saves which kept it at 1-0 to Aberdeen in the end. It was a very nail biting last 10 or 15 minutes for the Aberdeen fans, with Celtic putting constant pressure on. Aberdeen had to put in their best performance of the season to win away to Celtic, and the win was very well deserved.
 
There was a kind of an end of term atmosphere in the ground. Celtic already had the title sewn up several weeks before, and today was their post match trophy presentation. Before the match the Celtic fans sung You'll Never Walk Alone as it was played over the tannoy, and the Aberdeen fans sang a chorus of Stand Free in response at the same time. Most of the noise came from the standing section in the other corner, and the noise was fairly constant throughout the 90 minutes. When news came through that Hibernian were beating Rangers 3-0, both the Aberdeen and Celtic fans celebrated, although Rangers pulled it back to 3-3 before half time before going 5-3 up in the second half. The last I heard inside the ground Hibs had pulled a goal back and it was 5-4 but after leaving the ground the news came of a very late equaliser for Hibernian, and some Celtic fans outside a pub near the ground (who I'm guessing had been watching the game on TV) joined in with the Aberdeen fans celebrating Rangers misfortune at their 5-5 draw and finishing third in the final league table.
 
The stewards were very friendly and helpful. Because I arrived at the ground so early, the steward near me was not busy at first, so I chatted briefly with her. She told me she was looking forward to having a break from football over the summer, but she also did stewarding at the Hydro Centre, so she got to be present at some very good concerts, even though she was working. I used the catering stall before the match, and had a bag of crisps, but because their soft drinks machine was not working I had to make do with a small carton of Ribena. At half time I got my usual steak pie and tea, and it was good, if a little bit pricey compared to other grounds. One thing I did find was the signposting in the away section is slightly confusing and a fair number of Aberdeen supporters who like me wandering were round a bit lost trying to find the toilets.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Celtic were being presented with the league trophy after the match, so it was probably one of the easiest and quickest exits from a football ground I've ever had. The Aberdeen players had a brief celebration in front of the Aberdeen fans for winning the match and finishing second in the league, and the Celtic fans were very sporting and applauded the Aberdeen players too. Although I didn't see the incident at the time, and only heard about it later on in the day, Aberdeen player Shay Logan had been red carded after the final whistle for over celebrating, which was a very silly and unnecessary thing for him to do. After the short Aberdeen celebration, the Aberdeen fans left the ground, to let the Celtic supporters get on with celebrating their trophy presentation. I went and collected my winnings from the bookies, walked up to Parkhead Cross (about a 10 minute walk from Celtic Park) and caught a bus back to Carntyne station. The bus was totally empty of football fans, which I suspect would definitely not be the case during a normal match with no post-match presentation.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A very memorable day out, a first league win at Celtic Park for Aberdeen in 14 years, second place in the league for Aberdeen, a £22 win at the bookies (which mostly paid for most of my ticket) and good atmosphere and fantastic, warm and sunny weather.

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 5th August 2018

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