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Hampden Park renovation: Mike Mulraney provides important update

Hampden Park has been the home of Scottish football since 1906 but in recent years, there have been calls from some corners to either redevelop the stadium or knock it down and build a new one in its place.

One of the biggest complaints about Hampden Park relates to the atmosphere. Many people feel that fans at the National Stadium are too far away from the pitch which has a negative impact on the atmosphere generated within it.

Another complaint revolves around its location. Many people feel that the national stadium should be in Edinburgh, the nation's capital, much like Wembley Stadium is in London. Its location in Glasgow isn't ideal either, with transport in and out of the stadium on matchdays problematic.

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Doe Hampden Park need renovating in the near future? – Photo by Icon Sport

Amid calls for a Hampden Park renovation, the Scottish Football Association's (SFA) president, Mike Mulraney, has offered his thoughts on the stadium and provided an update on whether the old stadium will be redeveloped or replaced in the future.

Mike Mulraney shoots down major Hampden Park renovation plans

Mulraney, who has been in the post for a year now with the SFA, believes that much of the criticism associated with Hampden Park is unfair. While he accepts that some modernisation is required, he isn't planning to spend millions on it.

He has shot down suggestions that the SFA should emulate the recent Stuttgart Arena renovation, stating that it would cost £250m. He added:

“All those who say Hampden is not good, it tends to be in the old days when we had 10,000 there and we got beat 1-0. Tell me when I have 51,000 folk bouncing and the lights flashing and we have just qualified, who thinks it's rubbish? Because I don't. I think it's bloody brilliant.

“I have just been down to Wembley, the fans are quite far away from the goals, believe it or not. Nobody speaks about it. I go around Europe and see it over and over again, what do Scots do? We kick ourselves. Well, guess what? I don't, I'm proud of our National Stadium.

“But we will be out there looking at how we get different income to improve our stadium. Of course, it needs to be improved. I'm a property guy, most people know that. You can't sit on your asset, you need to seat it, invest in it, and improve it.

“I love my National Stadium, it's great when we win. I couldn't care if I was sitting on an upturned Irn-Bru crate if I'm watching Scotland win. But I don't want to be. I want to be in a National Stadium I am currently proud of and one that, when it's finished, we'll be prouder of because we'll improve it as well.”


Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance sports writer with ten years of experience covering major sporting events across Europe. He has also been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford since 2008 and has visited over 40 football stadiums in the United Kingdom and abroad following the Reds.

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