Hampden Park has been the home of the Scottish national team for over 100 years.
However, there was a time not too long ago when building a new stadium for the Tartan Army was the talk of the town.
The iconic Glasgow Stadium has hosted Scottish matches since 1906.
However, by the early 1990s there were several proposals to consider building an entirely new venue.
From the mid-1970s onwards, it became clear that Hampden was in dire need of redevelopment.
Queen’s Park owned the stadium at the time, but there was no chance they could cover the cost.
Funding was withdrawn by the local council and the government also decided not to provide funding.
It meant that for the first time there was a real possibility of a move away from Hampden.
Queen’s Park considered selling the stadium, but in 1981 £3 million worth of repairs began, with the north stand being demolished and new turnstiles installed elsewhere.
It took five years to complete and reduced Hampden’s capacity to 74,370 people.
However, a report in the late 1980s reinstated plans for further redevelopment, and the cost of the works soared to an estimated £25 million.
This meant that the prospect of the Scottish team leaving Hampden again became a hot topic.
Rangers’ Ibrox was proposed as an alternative site at the same time that Murrayfield, the rugby home ground, was being redeveloped and emerged as a potential new football home.
However, both of these proposals were quickly rejected by a committee made up of the SFA, SFL and Queen’s Park.
Instead, other locations across Scotland were discussed as possibilities.
The idea of building a new national stadium at Hampden Park has been mooted, as has a multi-million pound proposal not far from Glasgow Airport.
Plans were unveiled in May 1990 to build a £200 million all-seat stadium in Linwood, near Paisley.
With the support of the local government and the backing of some huge corporations, funding for this huge project is ready.
The goal was to have the stadium built by 1994.
The stadium would be built on the site of the Talbot Automobile Plant in Lynwood, and was proposed to have a seating capacity of 65,000 to 70,000 and a retractable roof.
Although later denied by organizers, early plans suggested the stadium would take inspiration from the iconic Rogers Center in Toronto, Canada.
The Rogers Center, also known as the Toronto Skydome, is known for its giant retractable roof.
A roof was also planned for the Linwood Stadium site.
Original plans suggested a retractable roof, but later plans described it as a “translucent fixed roof.”
It was also planned to have a retractable pitch.
This large-scale development was also to include a hotel, leisure facilities and office complex.
And most interestingly, a smaller 25,000-seater stadium was also planned to be built on this site.
Although unconfirmed, it has been suggested that this may be a new base for St Mirren.
Of course, the Buddies would move into their own brand new stadium in 2009.
The detailed plan also states that direct transportation links will be built.
Project manager David Riggins said at the time: “While we are aware of SFA’s contractual obligations to Hampden, we hope to learn more about it in the next six months and see what scope SFA will be in when our project begins. ” on stream. ‘
“We’re talking about commercial projects that don’t require public subsidies beyond normal public contributions, such as roads and railways, which account for about 20% of the total.”
Of course, that doesn’t mean the proposal will get off the ground.
Instead, Hampden was redeveloped after the British government provided a £3.5 million grant in 1992.
This marks the start of a £12 million project which will see Hampden completely renovated over the next ten years.
The terrace was replaced with full seating and renovations were completed by 1997 at a huge cost of £59 million.
The cost was covered by the National Lottery.
The SFA bought Hampden from Queen’s Park in 2020, when they were still owned by the club.
Although the ambitious Linwood project was never undertaken, many of the ideas, which were vibrant and novel for the time, were realized.
Retractable roofs were seen at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan, while retractable pitches are a common feature in some newly built stadiums.
Perhaps the most famous is Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which has an NFL surface underneath the football pitch that allows for seamless movement.
The site, which could have been the home of the new National Stadium, is now a popular industrial and retail site.
Phoenix Retail Park opened in 1991 and has expanded over the years.
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There are many car showrooms, cinemas, large supermarkets, many big brand stores and many restaurants.
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