The Scottish Football Association (SFA) is to conduct further analysis regarding potentially moving from its current Hampden Park home to Murrayfield stadium.
The news follows an SFA board meeting yesterday (Tuesday) to consider an Options Review report examining the opportunities available beyond the term of the existing lease for the use of Hampden Park, which expires in 2020.
As well as submissions from those venues involved in the process – Hampden Park owner Queen’s Park, Murrayfield owner Scottish Rugby and Premiership football clubs Celtic and Rangers – the board also received supplementary information drawn from other key stakeholders, including the SFA membership.
Having considered all submissions and supporting documentation, the board has decided to further develop two options – remaining at Hampden Park beyond 2020 and moving to Murrayfield.
Glasgow’s Hampden Park, with a capacity of around 52,000, has been the long-time home of Scottish football’s showpiece games. Edinburgh’s Murrayfield has the largest capacity of any stadium in Scotland, around 67,000, and is home to the national rugby union team.
The SFA said in a statement: “This decision was taken after considering the financial implications of all proposals submitted. Given the complexity of the discussion – as well as the social, economic and emotional impact of any final decision – the Board was unanimous that more work requires to be undertaken to bring further clarity and certainty to any final decision.”
The next phase of the process will begin immediately with a view to final proposals being considered in the summer.
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