27 Facts About Hampden Park


Hampden Park, often referred to as Hampden, is a football stadium in the Mount Florida area of Glasgow, Scotland.

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Hampden Park was the biggest stadium in the world when it was opened, with a capacity in excess of 100,000.

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The first Hampden Park was overlooked by a nearby terrace named after Englishman John Hampden, who fought for the roundheads in the English Civil War.

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Third Lanark went out of business in 1967 and Cathkin Hampden Park is a public park with much of the original terracing still evident.

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Hampden Park was the biggest stadium in the world from the time of its opening until it was surpassed by the Maracana in 1950.

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The Scottish Cup trophy was withheld as Hampden Park was not in a fit condition to host a second replay.

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Queen's Hampden Park conducted extensive ground improvements after the 1909 riot.

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Hampden became the de facto sole venue of the Scottish Cup Final after 1925 and Queen's Park purchased more land in 1923 to bring the total to 33 acres.

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Queen's Park considered selling Hampden, but a public appeal and minor repair work kept the stadium open during the 1980s.

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Queen's Hampden Park retained ownership of the ground, with the SFA holding a lease that ran until 2020.

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Real Madrid were again victorious when Hampden Park hosted the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final, defeating Bayer Leverkusen, with Zinedine Zidane scoring the winning goal with a left-foot volley.

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Hampden Park has since hosted the 2007 UEFA Cup Final and was one of the venues for football at the 2012 Summer Olympics, hosting three matches in the men's tournament and five in the women's tournament.

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Hampden Park was temporarily converted into an athletics stadium for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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Hampden Park was converted back into a football stadium after the Commonwealth Games.

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In September 2014, Hampden Park was one of 13 venues chosen to host matches in the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament.

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Football match crowd at Hampden Park were renowned for creating the Hampden Park Roar and trying to terrify opposing teams.

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Hampden Park Roar was first noticed in a game against England in 1929.

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Hampden Park is an all-seated bowl stadium, although the ground is split into four geographic sections, officially known as the North, East, South and West Stands.

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Lesser Hampden Park was refurbished for use as a warm-up area during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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Hampden Park has held four full rugby union international matches.

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The redeveloped Hampden Park served as one of the 1999 Rugby World Cup venues, over 90 years later.

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Hampden Park hosted the Scottish Amateur Athletics Association championships during the 1920s and 1930s, with the original Meadowbank Stadium used as an alternative venue.

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Hampden Park was temporarily converted to stage the athletics events for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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Hampden Park was the home of the Glasgow Tigers speedway team from 1969 until 1972.

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Hampden Park set world attendance records that year which have only been surpassed by the Maracana, and it still holds all the major European records.

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Since the redevelopment of Hampden Park was completed in 1999, the capacity for sporting events is limited to 51,866.

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Post-redevelopment, Hampden Park has hosted six Scotland matches with attendances over 51,000 spectators.

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