Celtic Park (map it)
18 Kerrydale St
Glasgow, Scotland G40 3RE
Year Opened: 1892
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Official Review by Gary Foxall, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
Celtic Park, also known as Parkhead, is the home of Glasgow Celtic and is one of three large soccer stadiums located in Scotland's second city. The others are the Hampden Park National Stadium and Ibrox Stadium home of Celtic's arch rivals, Glasgow Rangers. Celtic Park has an all seated capacity of 60,832 and the playing area has under soil heating to comply with Scottish Premier League rules.
The original design of the stadium was one seated stand with three larger areas of concrete terracing. The record attendance for the stadium is 92,975 against Rangers in 1938. However in the last decade, Celtic Park has under gone major redevelopment with the three sides of concrete terracing being replaced by new stands. Celtic Park now stands alongside some of the best stadia in Britain.
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Celtic offer a slightly more varied stadium menu than other stadiums within the United Kingdom. In addition to the traditional Scotch Pie (£2.00), the club also offer Pizza (£2.80), Burgers (£3.00), Potato Wedges (£2.00), Coke (£2.20 and £2.40), and hot drinks (£1.80). Supporters can purchase Meal Deals for £6.00.
Where a lot of British stadiums lose some of their atmosphere when they are redeveloped, the same cannot be said of Celtic Park. With a more enclosed feel to it the atmosphere can only be described as electric on the big occasions. This can be multiplied again when Rangers make the short journey across the city.
Celtic Park's only downfall is that the stadium's surrounding areas offer little to do before the game. However Glasgow's City Centre offers a fine selection of museums, shops, bars, coffee bars and restaurants, and it is a mere thirty minutes walk away. In addition to the City Centre shops, the Braehead Shopping Complex can be found in Paisley, a fifteen minute drive away. The city has a wide selection of hotels and two that I recently stayed in, the Alona Hotel in the Strathclyde Country Park and the Gleddoch Hotel & Golf Club near Port Glasgow can be recommended. Loch Lomond situated on the outskirts of Glasgow near Dumbarton is also an ideal base for a short stay.
Celtic can boast an average attendance of 60,000 and although other Scottish towns and cities have their own professional and semi professional teams where ever you go in country the majority of the soccer public both young and old will be seen in either a Celtic or Rangers replica shirt. There will not be many greater rivalries in world soccer than that between these two clubs. Derby games are commonly known as "Old Firm" Derbies, with Celtic's traditional support being Roman Catholic and Rangers Protestant. Recent events both on and off the pitch have reached the point where the Scottish Government has gotten involved. Celtic Manager Neil Lennon has received death threats and was attacked in the dugout during a recent game in Edinburgh.
The A74 can be accessed via the M74 and M8 Motorways and it runs directly past the stadium. From the City Centre, head in the direction of the A74 London Road and the stadium is a ten minute drive or thirty minutes walk away. Car parking is mostly available is the surrounding side streets. There are also plenty of City Centre buses that will pass the stadium. Glasgow Central Railway Station is well served by trains from all over Britain.
Admission prices are £25 and £31 with reductions for under 16's and O.A.P's. There are a few restricted view seats within the stadium at slightly reduced prices. The overall pricing structure offers good value for the money and although Scottish football is not of the same quality as its English counterparts, Premier League games are normally played at an entertaining and frantic pace.
The club has a large superstore at the stadium and club shops located in various parts of the city. Stadium Tours are available on non match days starting at £5.50 for children with offers available for families. Various Fanzines and Match day programmes are always available.
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