Queen's Park 'ready to sell'
Hampden expected to get nod from SFA
Hampden Park: home of Scottish football (pic: SNS Group)
Queen’s Park Football Club has agreed in principle to sell Hampden Park to the Scottish FA, according to sources.
If the game’s governing body can finalise a deal it will remain at the national stadium rather than make the move to Murrayfield in Edinburgh.
The SFA commissioned a feasibility study to consider options ahead of the lease expiring on Hampden in 2020.
An agreement with Queen’s Park, which plays its home matches at Hampden, will mean the stadium continuing to be used for international matches Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup finals.
It has has also been used as a live music venue and was converted for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
However, it is in need of further refurbishment and many fans will need to be persuaded that Hampden is the best option.
A survey last year showed that despite its historic place in the game only 15% of the 2,923 fans quizzed wanted Hampden Park to remain as the national stadium, with 34% favouring a switch to Murrayfield.
A quarter (25%) favour national games being played at grounds across Scotland, while 24% would like a new Hampden to be built.