Hampden Park, Scotland's National Stadium that has hosted several significant tournaments like the Scottish Cup and the European Cup over its long history of 100 years is all set to add another feather on its cap by hosting the London Olympics 2012 Football tournament. It is one of the few Olympic venues located outside London. The 2012 London Olympics will open to the thunderous roar of thousands of fans as London games kicks off in Glasgow with the preliminary matches of women's football team. The stadium will host eight Olympic Football matches, which includes both the men's and women's football competitions. It will host Olympic Football matches between 25 July and 3 August 2012, beginning with group matches and concluding with the knockout rounds. Located a few miles south of downtown Glasgow, this part of UK is well connected to London by rail and hence, reaching there won't be a problem for the enthusiasts.
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Location Hampden Park is situated a few miles to the south of Glasgow City Centre, in Scotland.
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Hampden Park London Olympics 2012
With London Olympics 2012, all set to kick off at the historic Hampden Park, Scotland, this year's London Olympics Football definitely promises plenty of action and excitement for the competing nations as well as football fanatics. One of the oldest football stadiums in the world and the may be one of the biggest too, this prime home of the Scotland Team has a long history to boast of. Owing to the London 2012 Olympic Games, the stadium recently underwent a £70m refurbishment and has been rated as a five-star venue by UEFA. Even after so many renovations are improvements, some aspects of the stadium design have been criticized for its long distance from the pitch of the supporters sitting in the stands behind the goals. The SFA have discussed plans to address this problem and to increase Hampden's capacity to at least 70,000.There is speculation that the Olympic Football matches taking place during the week at times may affect travel in the afternoon and evening. However, it is ironical because Glasgow and Hampden Park are used to holding large events.
During The Game
With its gargantuan accommodation and recently attained five-star status, Hampden Park will make for an incredible sporting venue this London Olympics. Scotland's National Stadium will host eight Olympic Football matches, with action in both the men's and women's competitions. As for every major event at the London 2012 Olympic Games, no temporary facilities have been set up here. Hampden's Match day hospitality will offer a comfortable, stylish and memorable experience at Scotland's National Stadium. Make sure you book the tickets in advance. You are sure to enjoy the fine food and wine before settling down to watch the teams in action in either of the private executive boxes or in one of the exclusive lounges. Hampden's hospitality will make a lasting impression even after you have stepped out of the stadium.
After The Fame
Hampden Park will continue to host several top-class sporting and entertainment events. Formerly, the park has served as a venue to four full rugby union international matches, tennis match, softball, baseball, American football and boxing when the legendary Mike Tyson knocked down Lou Savarese in 2000. Apart from sports event the Hampden has also hosted several musical concerts and even the American evangelical Christian missionary large crusade in 1995.
How To Reach
Due to its close proximity to London, anyone willing to make a trip to the stadium can catch a train with National Rail, drive, or book a short flight. Traveling by train from London to Glasgow won't take you more than four and a half hours. The nearest railway stations are Mount Florida and King's Park. You can access trains served by trains from Glasgow Central on the Cathcart Circle Lines at either of the stations. There is a stadium car park immediately behind the south stand, but it is available to permit holders only for major events.
On reaching Glasgow, you can take the train out to the stadium. Glasgow is connected by excellent public transportation system that will take you straight to Hampden Park. There will also be other arrangements made for the convenience of the spectators. For the disabled, Mount Florida station has a step-free route available.
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