A £3million extension to Scotland’s National Stadium has completed well ahead of the games and ahead of next year’s Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
New and improved spectator facilities are now in place in the North Stand at Hampden Park, one of the world’s most famous sporting arenas, funded by the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee.
Scotland’s National Stadium will host the Track and Field Athletics competition and Closing Ceremony for the Games and see some of the Commonwealth’s elite athletes go head-to-head backed by the famous ‘Hampden Roar’.
Glasgow 2014 has been working in collaboration with Hampden Park Limited, which has successfully delivered the project and with 14 months to go. The new-look North Stand concourse will be open and ready for spectators at the Scottish Cup Final on Sunday.
The work to extend the North Stand concourse includes an enhanced façade and improved catering, toilet and accessible facilities.
It complements wider legacy improvements to the Hampden Campus, which have also seen construction begin on a new pavilion for Queens Park FC at Lesser Hampden.
Glasgow 2014 will carry out work inside Hampden later this year to temporarily transform the legendary football and concert venue into a world-class track and field arena.
This will be achieved by raising the surface by approximately 1.9metres and extending the athletics track over the existing lower 8 rows of seats. This will increase the area available for sports, providing the width and length needed for an international standard competition track.
The temporary track and raised surface of the arena will create a 44,000-seater stadium, returning to its current 52,000 capacity following the end of the Games.
Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive David Grevemberg said:
“Hampden, Scotland’s National Stadium, is an iconic sporting arena that will undoubtedly create a fantastic atmosphere for both the athletes and spectators to enjoy in less than two years’ time and it is great to see the extension work of the North Stand complete well in advance of the Games.
“We have exciting plans to temporarily transform Hampden to host our athletics competition in 2014, which will feature some of the fastest and most agile men and women on the planet. However these improvements to the North Stand are permanent and will not just benefit Games spectators, but those attending events that Hampden will host this summer and long after the Games has ended, which is a fantastic legacy for the stadium.
“We have been working closely with our partners at Hampden Park Limited to ensure this project has completed well ahead of the Games and I would like to thank them for all their support.”
Hampden Park Managing Director Peter Dallas said:
“After several years of planning, we are delighted that the new North Stand concourse will be open for Sunday’s William Hill Scottish Cup Final as programmed. The new facilities are an excellent addition to the Stadium and will benefit our visitors for years to come.
“As a working Stadium that has welcomed thousands of football fans throughout the building process, the last six months have been challenging for everyone involved in the project. On behalf of Hampden Park Ltd, I would like to thank our partners at Glasgow 2014, Hampden Park’s management team, the design team, our contractor and our immediate neighbours for their support throughout the programme. I would also like to thank all of the spectators who had the patience with our temporary catering facilities through the construction period.
“The successful completion of the work is a key milestone in Hampden’s major event plan before the Cup Final and this summer’s concert season. Excitement is building towards next year’s Games which will add another chapter to Hampden’s long and proud history.”
Note to Editors
1. The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 71 teams of
athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the 20th Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 261 medal events on show. The Games will play host to 4500 athletes and sell 1,000,000 tickets with the event aided by an army of 15,000 volunteers. Glasgow 2014 Ltd is the official name for the Organising Committee tasked with delivering the Games in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland.
2. Glasgow 2014 family of official sponsors is Longines, SSE, Emirates, Virgin Media, Harper Macleod, Search Consultancy, Ernst & Young, Atos, Dell, Toshiba TEC, A.G. Barr, NVT Group, RGS, Trespass, Riedel and Ticketmaster.