Scotstoun Stadium

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Scotstoun Stadium
Stadium Track and Pitch.jpg
Location Scotstoun Sports Campus
72 Danes Drive
Glasgow
G14 9HD
Opened 1915
Renovated 2008-2010
Owner Glasgow City Council
Operator Glasgow City Council
Construction cost £17.5m (2008-10 renovation)
Architect Barr[1]
Capacity 9,708 (expandable to 15,000)
Tenants
Glasgow Warriors (2012–)
Victoria Park City of Glasgow Athletics Club
Glasgow Sevens (IRB World Sevens Series) (2012-)

Scotstoun Stadium is an athletics and Rugby union venue located in the West End of Glasgow.

Glasgow Warriors have trained at the facility since 2009 and play their home games here from the 2012–13 season onwards.[2] It has a capacity of 9,708 for rugby union.[3]

In 2012-2014, the Stadium hosted the Scotland Sevens[4] - the Scottish leg of the IRB Sevens World Series.

History[edit]

The facility first opened it doors to the public in 1915 as Scotstoun Showgrounds after the land was developed by the Glasgow Agricultural Society as a venue for agricultural shows. It was soon being used as a venue for sporting events and as a result the Grandstand was erected. The facility underwent a huge renovation in 2008 and on completion was re-opened on the 14 January 2010 by the Princess Royal.

Renovation[edit]

Renovations involved building brand new state of the art stadium facilities housing new office space, meeting rooms, an indoor 100 metre sprint track, as well as resurfacing the outdoor 400 metre track with a full size rugby pitch in the in-field. The stands were extended creating a north stand and south stand which together can seat up to 5,000.

2010 also saw the introduction of brand new synthetic pitches and rugby training pitches located at the far end of the stadium. In addition to these, the stadium has a strength and conditioning suite designed with athletes in mind.

Events[edit]

ScottieRoo

Scotstoun Stadium will be used as a training venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and is regularly used for premier athletics events attracting world class athletes from all over the UK.

It became the training base for the Glasgow Warriors rugby team in 2009[5] who subsequently started playing home games at the venue in September 2012, moving from their previous home at Firhill.[6] Scotstoun Stadium hosted the Scottish leg of the IRB World Sevens Series in May 2012.

Victoria Park City of Glasgow Athletics Club also trains at Scotstoun.[7]

Scotstoun Stadium has their own mascot, ScottieRoo, who regularly makes appearances at special events and children's birthday parties.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barr tipped for first Commonwealth Games win". Building. 2008-02-22. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  2. ^ "Statement From Glasgow Warriors And Scottish Rugby On Scotstoun Stadium". Glasgow Warriors. 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  3. ^ "Pro12: Glasgow Warriors". rabodirectpro12.com. Pro12. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "World Series moves to Glasgow". irbsevens.com. 2011-12-09. 
  5. ^ "Glasgow Warriors to train at new Scotstoun Stadium". Health Club Management News. 20 Apr 2009. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Glasgow Warriors 13-18 Scarlets". BBC Sport (BBC). 7 September 2012. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Victoria Park City of Glasgow Athletics". 

Coordinates: 55°52′52″N 4°20′31″W / 55.881137°N 4.34181°W / 55.881137; -4.34181