Decision in summer
SFA: It’s Hampden or Murrayfield for us
Murrayfield bosses will find out in the summer if the stadium is to be home to the Scotland national football team (pic: SNS Group)
The Scottish FA is to decide in the summer whether Hampden Park or Murrayfield will be the home of the national team after 2020.
The two options are the only ones under consideration after a proposal to use Celtic Park or Ibrox for internationals and cup games was thrown out at a specially-convened board meeting today.
The SFA, whose 20-year lease on Hampden expires in two years’ time, with a renewal option, ordered a feasibility study to look at alternatives away from the national stadium.
Hampden’s owners Queen’s Park put a case for the status quo, although the home of Scottish Rugby also submitted a compelling case for Edinburgh to become the SFA’s new HQ.
A statement from the SFA said: “The Scottish FA Board met today to consider a comprehensive Options Review report examining the opportunities available beyond the term of the existing lease for the use of Hampden Park, which expires in 2020.
“As well as submissions from those venues involved in the process – Queen’s Park, Scottish Rugby, Celtic and Rangers – the Board also received supplementary information drawn from a spectrum of other key stakeholders, including the Scottish FA membership.
“Over the course of the meeting, each proposal was discussed in detail and broad themes were developed and debated among the group. The request from Glasgow City Council to review the timescales of any decision was also acknowledged.
“Having considered all submissions and supporting documentation, the Board has decided at this time to further develop two positive options: remaining at Hampden Park beyond 2020 and moving to BT Murrayfield.
“This decision was taken after considering the financial implications of all proposals submitted.
“Given the complexity of the discussion – as well as the social, economic and emotional impact of any final decision – the Board was unanimous that more work requires to be undertaken to bring further clarity and certainty to any final decision.
“The next phase of the process will begin immediately with a view to final proposals being considered in the summer.”