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Celtic Park
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Location Scotland Glasgow, Scotland
Opened 1892 (most recently renovated 1998)
Owner Celtic Football Club
Surface Grass (1892–present)
Capacity 60,837 (Football)
Tenants
Celtic Football Club
(Scottish Premier League)
A detail on the outward facing wall of the Main Stand
Brother Walfrid sculpture at Celtic Park

Celtic Park is a football stadium in the Parkhead area of Glasgow in Scotland. It is the home ground of Celtic Football Club. The all-seater stadium is also known as Parkhead and occasionally nicknamed Paradise by Celtic fans.

It is the second largest stadium in Scotland by capacity, after Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, and the sixth-largest in the United Kingdom after Murrayfield, Old Trafford, Twickenham, Wembley and the Millennium Stadium.

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History

The original Celtic Park was built by a large band of volunteers in 1888. Its opening game was against Rangers on 28 May 1888, which Celtic won 5–2. Within 3 years Celtic decided to build a new stadium after annual rental costs rose from £50 to £450. The new stadium was built in a disused brickyard just across the street from the old stadium in 1892. A journalist covering the event reported that it was like "moving from the graveyard to paradise" hence the nickname "Paradise".[1] The main stand was designed by Archibald Leitch, the architect who designed over 20 stadiums throughout Britain. Celtic Park hosted the first ever Composite rules Shinty/Hurling match held in Scotland in 1897.[1]

In 1938 Celtic Park saw its largest attendance of 92,975 when Celtic played a First Division match against Rangers.[2] While Hampden Park was being redeveloped during the 1990s, Celtic Park hosted a number of cup finals, the most recent being the 1998 Scottish League Cup Final. Celtic Park has also hosted a number of Scotland internationals, primarily when Hampden Park has been unavailable. This happened most recently in 2006 when Hampden had been booked for a Robbie Williams concert in advance of the UEFA Euro 2008 qualification fixtures being determined, meaning that Scotland's match against the Faroe Islands had to be played elsewhere.[3]

The stadium has undergone numerous redevelopments; in 1988, Celtic's centenary year, the red-bricked exterior to the main stand was added and in the mid-1990s further development was undertaken to make the stadium comply with the Taylor report. In the summer of 1994, the Jungle (North enclosure), East Terracing and West Terracing were demolished. The stadium reopened in the summer of 1995 with the new 27,000-seat North Stand and the existing Main Stand in place. The redevelopment was completed for the beginning of the 1998/99 season.

Current status

The stadium consists of three large double-tiered stands which extend around three-quarters of the pitch and a lower double-tier main stand, which contains the Celtic museum. These stands completely encircle the pitch.

The Jock Stein Stand (capacity 13,006), at the west end of the stadium, is the traditional 'Celtic End'. Away fans are normally accommodated in part of the Lisbon Lions Stand, which also holds 13,006. The North Stand, which is the largest stand in Scottish football, is situated on the site of the old enclosure known as "The Jungle" and can house a further 26,970 fans. The Main (south) Stand holds 7,850 and has two retractable poles to support the roof when a game is not being played. The North Stand alone has a greater capacity than 10 of the stadiums used in the Scottish Premier League and five of the stadiums used in the English Premier League during the 2009–10 season.

There are two large screens inside the ground for showing highlights and replays on matchdays, which can be lowered for maintenance work.

Future

Celtic have investigated the possibility of increasing the capacity of Celtic Park. Chief executive Peter Lawwell said in April 2007 that the site of the Main Stand could be redeveloped to increase the capacity by 8,000, but it was considered too expensive.[4]

Celtic Park will host the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[5]

References

  1. ^ FIFA.com - Celtic spirit shines on
  2. ^ Inglis, Simon: Football Grounds of Britain, page 432. ISBN 0-00-218426-5
  3. ^ Gig Robs SFA of Hampden clash, Edinburgh Evening News, 10 March 2006.
  4. ^ Evening Times article 30/04/07 (Last 3 Paragraphs)
  5. ^ The Official website of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games / Village and Venues / Celtic Park

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Coordinates: 55°50′58.96″N 4°12′20.12″W / 55.8497111°N 4.2055889°W / 55.8497111; -4.2055889

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Celtic Park stadium in Scotland

Celtic Park is a football stadium in Parkhead, Glasgow, Scotland. It is the home ground of Celtic Football Club.


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