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Aerial view of Hampden Park in the 1940s with game in progress, capacity crowd and thousands of fans outside the perimeter

Stadium History

There was a time where Hampden was the biggest and best football stadium in the world

For generations of football fans, Hampden Park in Glasgow has been the home of Scottish football - a field of dreams shared by the masses.

For a large part of the 20th century, the greats of the world game appeared at the Mount Florida ground, amazed by the crowds in the terracing, with such passion and affections for clubs and country. Hampden is also the oldest International football stadium in the world. 

  • 1873 – Queen’s Park FC, Scotland’s oldest club, moved in to the world’s first purpose-built stadium for club and international football, now the site of the Hampden Bowling Club. This is where the ‘Scotch Professors’ developed the modern passing game of football and exported it to the world.
  • 1884 – The building of the Cathcart Circle Railway line forced a move to the second Hampden Park.
  • 1903 – Match attendances quickly outgrew the second Hampden, leading Queens Park FC to build the third and current Hampden Park in Mount Florida.
  • 1904 - Hampden hosted its first Scottish Cup Final in front of 64,472 fans, the largest crowd ever seen at a Scottish Cup Final up to that point.
  • 1937 – Ground improvements increased the official capacity of the ground to 183,724.
    • Scotland’s 3-1 victory over England attracted an attendance of 149,415 fans - a British record for any match.
    • The Scottish Cup Final received a crowd of 147,365 fans, a European record for a club match, with an estimated 20,000 supporters locked outside.
  • 1960 - Real Madrid won their fifth European Cup in a row against Eintracht Frankfurt, with a 7-3 victory, in front of 127,621 fans, the highest attendance ever in a European Cup final.
  • 1962 – Hampden hosted the European Cup Winners' Cup final which ended in a 1-1 draw between Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina.
  • 1966 - Liverpool suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund after extra time in the European Cup Winners' Cup final.
  • 1970 – Celtic’s European Cup semi-final second leg 2-1 victory against Leeds United was seen by 136,505 supporters, a semi-final record.
  • 1976 - Bayern Munich defeated Saint Etienne 1-0 in the European Cup Final.
  • 1999 - Hampden Park became a 51,866 capacity all-seater stadium, with UEFA awarding it the highest category four status for its upgraded facilities.
  • 2000 – Hampden played host to former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world Mike Tyson as he defeated Lou Savarese in front of 30,000 fans at Hampden, after just 38 seconds.
  • 2002 – Real Madrid returned to Hampden when Zinedine Zidane's volley, regarded as one of the best goals in history, clinched a 2-1 Champions League Final win over Bayer Leverkusen.
  • 2007 - The latest European final at Hampden was the UEFA Cup Final clash with Sevilla defeating Espanyol 3-1 on penalties following a 2-2 draw after extra time.
  • 2009 – Hampden hosted a venue record-breaking number of concerts in one summer with ACDC, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, Take That and The Eagles all performing.
  • 2012 – Hampden hosts football matches as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
  • 2014 – Hampden hosts the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games athletics events and the closing ceremony.
  • 2019 - The Scotland women’s national football team attracted a record attendance of 18,555 fans for a 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup warm-up friendly with Jamaica.
  • 2019 – The Scottish Football Association completes a deal with Queens Park FC for the ownership of Hampden, with the transfer being completed in 2020.
  • 2021 – Hampden hosted matches for the delayed UEFA Euro 2020, including Scotland matches against Czech Republic and Croatia and a Round of 16 match between Sweden and Ukraine.