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Celtic Park Stadium



Club:  Celtic FC
League:  Scottish Premier League
Ground:  Celtic Park / Parkhead
Inauguration: 1892
Reopening: 05.08.1995
Capacity:  60.953
Location:  95 Kerrydale St, Glasgow G40 3RE

Celtic Park has a capacity of almosy 61.000, but the record attendance was a massive 92,000 (v Rangers 1954). The ground consists of the North Stand, West Stand (Jock Stein Stand), East Stand (Lisbon Lions Stand) and South Stand (Main Stand). Before the stadium's renovation the north stand was known as The Jungle.
In 1994, due to the implications of the Hillsborough disaster, Celtic were poised to abandon Parkhead for a new stadium to be built in Cambuslang. Literally minutes before the deadline, a man named Fergus McCann stepped into the boardroom and took the controlling interest in the club. His first order of business was to scrap the moving plans and commit to Celtic Park. While the team played the 1994-95 season at Hampden Park, the Jungle was torn down and replaced by an immense 26,971 seat two-tier cantilevered juggernaut. The largest stand in Britain, this beast towers over twice the height of its opposite, and contains 18 boxes and a large restaurant in between its two tiers. Yet despite the wide concourses and all the frills, it is still a Scottish stand at heart, and definitely seems to fit in at Parkhead. To prove what a tight fit this stand is with its surroundings, the rear eleven rows of the stand are cantilevered over the Eastern Necropolis, the graveyard which lies behind the stand.
The East and West Stands each seat 13,000 on two tiers and wrap around into the North Stand. The West Stand was only completed in 1997 and the East Stand, which imcorporates 24 exectutive boxes in between its two tiers, in 1996. The lower tiers of both stands join up with the original South Stand, which I presume will remain for a while for historical reasons. Its weird old roof has been replaced, however, by a cantilever which matches the other stands. The South Stand paddock has been seated and it now holds 7,851 altogether, plus a press box and a couple of executive boxes suspended from the roof above. If Celtic demolish the South Stand by continuing their masterplan around that side of the ground, it would raise capacity to about 75,000. The club might rather wait a while and see how demand goes. If they think they will need it, they might someday require a triple-decker which would make a total of 85,000 seats. Unlikely, maybe. But ten years ago who would have said that Celtic Park would be a rectangular two-tiered stadium seating over 60,000?
Source: CelticFanatic



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