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Extra time needed for Hampden Park decision

Hampden Park, will it be home to the Scotland national team after 2020.

The Scottish FA failed to reach a decision on the future of Hampden Park as the National Stadium (pic: SNS Group)


 

The Scottish FA has been unable to reach a decision on where Scotland will play its home games after 2020.

The governing body’s seven-strong board met today to debate the merits of remaining at Hampden Park or switching to Murrayfield in Edinburgh.

They made final tours of both venues yesterday but despite discussions lasting a number of hours, a successful conclusion to the talks was not forthcoming.

Instead, both parties have been requested to provide more detail on their respective bids to be the home for the national team beyond 2020 when the Scottish FA’s current lease on the stadium, which is owned by Queen’s Park, expires.

The SFA commissioned a feasibility study to look at the options available, including purchasing Hampden from the League Two club.

A final decision was expected today. However, extra time is now required by the board before a definitive decision is made, both parties having seven days to submit the necessary material.

Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell said: “This decision will have a significant bearing on the game in Scotland.

“We have asked both parties for additional information to be submitted within seven days to allow a final decision to be made.”



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