Where is the home of football fans? The stadium! Yes, you are right. Football fans sing, praise, and cheer their clubs to victory from the stands. The stadium allows fans from the home and visiting team to watch their teams live in action.
There is nothing as special as watching your favorite football team or watching your favorite football player live on the pitch. If you watch only from your television, then you need to experience the atmosphere of a competitive match in a stadium.
Scotland is a country with passionate football fans. They have a nice league coupled with beautiful, huge-sized stadiums. If you are a Scot or you reside in the United Kingdom, you may be wondering to know the biggest stadiums in Scotland. There are more than 90 stadiums in Scotland, but which of them is the biggest?
Millions of Scots will be interested in knowing the biggest stadium in their country. We have ranked the ten best stadiums in Scotland according to their seating capacity, structure, and atmosphere.
10. Fir Park
Opened in 1895, Fir Park is one of the oldest stadiums in Scotland. It is located in Motherwell and serves as the current home stadium of the Motherwell Football Club. It has a seating capacity of 13,677 and the atmosphere is truly refreshing.
If you visit this stadium during matchdays, you will likely hear songs like “We’re the pride of Lanarkshire” or “‘Well, ‘Well, Super ‘Well Super Motherwell” echoing around the stadium. Although Motherwell is not a big club in the United Kingdom, it has loyal fans, who make up for not having a big stadium of global standard. The Fir Park has four stands; with one of the stands bigger than the rest.
9. Tennadice Park
If you are passionate about football, you will be delighted with the atmospheric condition at Tannadice. This stadium serves as the home ground of the Dundee United F.C. The fans of Dundee United Football Club are friendly; they are not violent as the fans of notorious football clubs.
This stadium was opened in 1882, it has 5 different stands and a seating capacity of 14,223. The Tannadice Park has served as the home ground of Dundee United ever since the club was founded in 1909.
8. Rugby Park
Located in Kilmarnock, Rugby Park is the home ground of Kilmarnock Football Club. It was opened on 1st August 1899 but it underwent a major renovation from 1994 to 1995 and has become an all-seater stadium with a seating capacity of 17,889.
Both ends of the ground and one side have been improved and re-developed. The ends are good-sized two-tiered stands, which have an identical look. The away fans are sheltered in the Chadwick Stand. The seat, atmosphere, and view are considered excellent.
In November 2019, Kilmarnock Football Club become the second Scottish football club (after Celtic) to install an area of safe standing for fans. Over 324 rail seats were installed in parts of the East and Moffat Stands. All these were entirely funded by the supporters of the club.
7. Tynecastle Park
Located in the heart of Edinburgh, Tynecastle Park was opened on 10 April 1886. This 20-099 seat stadium is the home of Heart of Midlothian F.C. Although the stadium of Hearts is not a huge one but the atmosphere of this ground is better than most football clubs in Scotland.
The fans of the Heart of Midlothian Football Club chant and sing with an incredible voice that motivates their teams and intimidates the visiting team. Typically, Tynecastle Park roars and shakes in big matches like the Edinburgh derby.
6. Easter Road Stadium
Easter Road is one of the biggest stadiums in the Scottish Premiership. It was opened in 1893 and has a seating capacity of 20,421. It is the home of the Scottish premier league side, Hibernian. Fans of Hibernian visit the Easter Road during home matches to show their loyalty and support for this club. The Easter Road is also called ‘The Holy Ground’ by Hibernian fans.
Like most Scottish stadiums in this list, this one is known for its loud and electrifying atmosphere. The Edinburgh derby is a fierce one that brings a different vibe to the stadium. The design and appearance of the stadium have improved significantly ever since the ground was re-built years ago. The newest feature is the new East Stand that was opened in August 2010.
This ground has been used to host the Scottish League Cup Games, International matches and was briefly used by the Edinburgh professional rugby union team.
5. Pittodrie Stadium
Located in Aberdeen, Pittodrie Stadium serves as the home ground of the Aberdeen Football Club. Pittodrie was opened in September 1899 and it has a seating capacity of 20,866. This all-seater stadium has been used by Aberdeen since its inception in 1903.
The stadium has four stands and a thrilling atmosphere. Pittodrie has been at the forefront of stadium designs and innovations. It is known for being the first stadium to have a dugout. Also, it is one of the first sets of all-seater stadiums in the United Kingdom. Being an old stadium, Aberdeen may have to move to a new stadium to accommodate more fans instead of renovating Pittodrie.
4. Ibrox Stadium
Located in Glasgow, Ibrox is the home stadium of Scottish Champions, Rangers Football Club. It was opened on 30th December 1899 and has a seating capacity of 50,817. Thousands of Rangers fans flood the stadium to watch their team play other football clubs. Apart from the seating capacity and size, Ibrox is one of the top-quality stadiums in Scotland. Some sets of people consider it to be the best stadium in Scotland.
Ibrox Stadium was redeveloped between the late 1970s and early 80s and three new stands were constructed during that period. Only the Main Stand located at one side of the pitch happens to be the remains and reminiscent of the old Ibrox. The stand was refurbished and in 1994, it had a third tier added to it.
Remarkably, Ibrox stadium hosted the Scotland national football team when Hampden Park was undergoing maintenance in the 1990s. It also hosted 3 Scottish Cup finals and a music concert during this period. Recently, the Vice president of Rangers F.C, John Bennett revealed that the club is looking into ways of upgrading and expanding the stadium further in ‘the medium term’.
3. Hampden Park
Hampden Park was opened on 31st, October 1903 and it has a seating capacity of 51,866. It is the national stadium, which makes it the home of the Scotland national football team. Hampden Park hosted two of Scotland’s group games at the Euro 2020.
Fans and supporters of Scotland are thrilled to see players like Scott McTominay and Billy Gilmour helping Scotland qualify for the Euros.
2. Celtic Park
Celtic Park, located in Glasgow was opened on 20 August 1892. It is the largest football stadium in Scotland. Celtic Park, which has a seating capacity of 60,411 is the home stadium of the Celtic Football Club. Celtic Park is ranked the six-largest stadium in the United Kingdom.
Apart from Hampden Park, Celtic Park has hosted more Scotland games than any other stadium in Scotland. Celtic FC was formed in 1887 and the first stadium they used was opened in Parkhead in 1888. However, the club moved to the current site (Celtic Park) in 1892.
1. Murrayfield Stadium
The biggest stadium in the United Kingdom is Murrayfield. This large-sized stadium has a capacity of 67,144. Murrayfield is located in Edinburgh and was opened in 1925. This stadium is the home of the Scottish national rugby union team.
Despite being a rugby stadium, it has hosted football games in the past. In the past, this ground served as the home for Hearts while renovations and redevelopment projects were carried out in their own ground at Tynecastle.
At the moment, Murrayfield is the largest stadium in Scotland. You can also read about the biggest football stadiums in the world.