List of Scottish Premier League stadiums

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The Scottish Premier League (SPL) was the highest level of the Scottish football league system between 1998 and 2013. During this period matches were played at 19 football stadiums. The inaugural round of SPL matches took place on the weekend of 1–2 August 1998, with five clubs hosting the opening fixtures.[1] The league ceased after the 2012–13 Scottish Premier League season, when the SPL and Scottish Football League merged to form the Scottish Professional Football League.

Following the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989, the Taylor Report recommended the abolition of standing terraces by the start of the 1994–95 season, to be replaced by all-seater stadiums.[2] In addition to this, the SPL initially demanded that all its stadia should have a minimum capacity of 10,000 seats,[3][4] but later reduced that figure to 6,000.[5] When Falkirk finished in a potential promotion position in 2000 and 2003, the SPL refused admission to membership because their Brockville Park did not have sufficient seating capacity.[3] The SPL subsequently allowed Inverness Caledonian Thistle[5] and Gretna[6] to groundshare with other clubs. Some clubs promoted from the First Division, such as Hamilton Academical and Ross County, undertook ground improvements to meet the SPL criteria before entering the league.[7][8]

The home stadiums of the Old Firm clubs, Celtic and Rangers, were amongst the largest stadiums in the United Kingdom. The other large stadium in Glasgow, Hampden Park, was never used for an SPL match because it is the home ground of amateur club Queen's Park, who have not been in the top flight of Scottish football since 1958. None of the other stadiums used for SPL matches had a capacity greater than 22,199 (Pittodrie Stadium in Aberdeen). This reflected the gap in attendances between the Old Firm and other Scottish football clubs. In the 2011–12 Scottish Premier League season, Celtic and Rangers both had average attendances of over 45,000, while no other club had an average attendance of greater than 14,000.[9]

Stadiums[edit]

Stadium Image Club(s) Location Opened Closed Period(s) used for SPL matches Coordinates Refs
01Almondvale Stadium Livingston &
Gretna[6]
Livingston 1995 2001–2006
2008
55°53′10″N 003°31′22″W / 55.88611°N 3.52278°W / 55.88611; -3.52278 (Almondvale) [10][11]
01Caledonian Stadium Inverness Caledonian Thistle Inverness 1996 2005–2009
2010–2013
57°29′41″N 004°13′03″W / 57.49472°N 4.21750°W / 57.49472; -4.21750 (Caledonian) [12]
01Celtic Park Celtic Glasgow 1892 1998–2013 55°50′59″N 004°12′20″W / 55.84972°N 4.20556°W / 55.84972; -4.20556 (Celtic) [13]
01Dens Park Dundee Dundee 1899 1998–2005
2012–2013
56°28′31″N 002°58′23″W / 56.47528°N 2.97306°W / 56.47528; -2.97306 (Dens) [14]
01East End Park Dunfermline Athletic Dunfermline 1885 1998–1999
2000–2007
2011–2012
56°04′31″N 003°26′31″W / 56.07528°N 3.44194°W / 56.07528; -3.44194 (East End) [15][16]
01Easter Road Hibernian Edinburgh 1893 1999–2013 55°57′42″N 003°09′56″W / 55.96167°N 3.16556°W / 55.96167; -3.16556 (Easter Road) [17][18]
01Falkirk Stadium Falkirk Falkirk 2004 2005–2010 56°00′18″N 003°45′15″W / 56.00500°N 3.75417°W / 56.00500; -3.75417 (Falkirk) [19]
01Fir Park Motherwell &
Gretna[6]
Motherwell 1895 1998–2013 55°46′48″N 003°58′48″W / 55.78000°N 3.98000°W / 55.78000; -3.98000 (Fir Park) [20]
01Firhill Stadium Partick Thistle Glasgow 1909 2002–2004 55°52′54″N 004°16′11″W / 55.88167°N 4.26972°W / 55.88167; -4.26972 (Firhill) [21]
01Ibrox Stadium Rangers Glasgow 1899 1998–2012 55°51′12″N 004°18′33″W / 55.85333°N 4.30917°W / 55.85333; -4.30917 (Ibrox) [22][23]
01Love Street St. Mirren Paisley 1894 2009 2000–2001
2006–2009
55°51′10″N 004°25′43″W / 55.85278°N 4.42861°W / 55.85278; -4.42861 (Love Street) [24]
01McDiarmid Park St. Johnstone Perth 1989 1998–2002
2009–2013
56°24′35″N 003°28′37″W / 56.40972°N 3.47694°W / 56.40972; -3.47694 (McDiarmid) [25]
01New Douglas Park Hamilton Academical Hamilton 2001 2008–2011 55°46′56″N 004°03′31″W / 55.78222°N 4.05861°W / 55.78222; -4.05861 (New Douglas) [26][27]
01Pittodrie Stadium Aberdeen &
Inverness Caledonian Thistle[5]
Aberdeen 1899 1998–2013 57°09′33″N 002°05′20″W / 57.15917°N 2.08889°W / 57.15917; -2.08889 (Pittodrie) [28]
01Rugby Park Kilmarnock Kilmarnock 1899 1998–2013 55°36′15″N 004°30′29″W / 55.60417°N 4.50806°W / 55.60417; -4.50806 (Rugby Park) [29]
01St. Mirren Park St. Mirren Paisley 2009 2009–2013 55°51′02″N 004°26′38″W / 55.85056°N 4.44389°W / 55.85056; -4.44389 (St. Mirren Park) [30]
01Tannadice Park Dundee United Dundee 1883 1998–2013 56°28′29″N 002°58′08″W / 56.47472°N 2.96889°W / 56.47472; -2.96889 (Tannadice Park) [31]
01Tynecastle Stadium Heart of Midlothian Edinburgh 1886 1998–2013 55°56′21″N 003°13′56″W / 55.93917°N 3.23222°W / 55.93917; -3.23222 (Tynecastle) [32][33]
01Victoria Park Ross County Dingwall 1929 2012–2013 57°35′45″N 004°25′08″W / 57.59583°N 4.41889°W / 57.59583; -4.41889 (Victoria Park) [34]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Fox, Norman (18 April 1999). "Football: Fayed's race against time". The Independent. Retrieved 21 October 2012. "As recommended by the Taylor Report, standing room at clubs in the top two divisions should have been abolished by the start of the 1994-95 season." 
  3. ^ a b "Falkirk lose out as SPL closes ranks and denies them place". The Scotsman (Johnston Publishing). 24 May 2003. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Forsyth, Roddy (17 May 2004). "Inverness promotion prompts SPL stadium rethink". Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Inverness are homeward bound". BBC Sport. BBC. 7 December 2004. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "Gretna return 'home' to Fir Park". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  7. ^ McGilvray, Andrew (5 June 2008). "Accies spend £750,000 to prepare for SPL". Hamilton Advertiser (Scottish & Universal Newspapers). Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ross County ground meets SPL standards". BBC Sport (BBC). 19 July 2012. Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Statistics". www.scotprem.com. Scottish Premier League. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Livingston". www.sport.stv.tv. STV Group. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
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  12. ^ "Inverness Caledonian Thistle". www.footballgroundguide.com. Duncan Adams. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Celtic Football Club". www.scotprem.com. Scottish Premier League. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  14. ^ "Dundee". www.footballgroundguide.com. Duncan Adams. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "Stadium". www.dafc.co.uk. Dunfermline Athletic FC. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
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  17. ^ "Hibernian". www.footballgroundguide.com. Duncan Adams. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  18. ^ Hardie, David (1 November 2010). "Easter Road set for biggest crowd in 17 years as Hibs take on Hearts". Edinburgh Evening News (Johnston Publishing). Retrieved 20 October 2012. "The completion of the new East Stand at Hibs' ground has lifted capacity to 20,421" 
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  20. ^ "Motherwell". www.footballgroundguide.com. Duncan Adams. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  21. ^ "Partick Thistle". www.footballgroundguide.com. Duncan Adams. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  22. ^ Wilson, Richard (17 September 2012). "Rangers falter against Annan Athletic". Belfast Telegraph (INM). Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  23. ^ "Rangers". www.footballgroundguide.com. Duncan Adams. 23 August 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
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  25. ^ "St. Johnstone". www.footballgroundguide.com. Duncan Adams. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  26. ^ "Hamilton Academical". www.scottishfootballleague.com. Scottish Football League. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  27. ^ "Hamilton Academical". www.footballgroundguide.com. Duncan Adams. 21 August 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  28. ^ "Aberdeen". www.footballgroundguide.com. Duncan Adams. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  29. ^ "Kilmarnock". www.footballgroundguide.com. Duncan Adams. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  30. ^ "St. Mirren". www.footballgroundguide.com. Duncan Adams. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  31. ^ "Dundee United". www.footballgroundguide.com. Duncan Adams. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  32. ^ "Tynecastle shift is last option". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 August 2005. Retrieved 20 October 2012. "The current Tynecastle capacity is 17,420" 
  33. ^ "Heart of Midlothian". www.footballgroundguide.com. Duncan Adams. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  34. ^ "Ross County". www.footballgroundguide.com. Duncan Adams. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 

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