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SBD Global/October 31, 2013/Facilities

Celtic Park To Host 2014 Scottish Cup Final As Hampden Undergoes Rennovation

Celtic Park "has been named as the venue for this season's William Hill Scottish Cup final," according to the Scotland DAILY RECORD. The Scottish FA "has also announced Ibrox as the venue for both of the semi-finals." Hampden is unavailable "because it is being redeveloped to stage the athletics events at the 2014 Commonwealth Games." Celtic Park "is Scotland's largest football stadium with a capacity of 60,355." Ibrox "holds 51,082" (DAILY RECORD, 10/30). The BBC reported debate in recent months has centered "over where the Scottish Cup final would be held due to the unavailability of Hampden and concerns have been raised over a potential unfair advantage should the club hosting the game reach the final." The home of the current Scottish champions "will remain in place as the Scottish Cup final venue, irrespective of whether Neil Lennon's side reach the last stage of the tournament." If Celtic reach the final, it will be the first time since '02 -- when Hibernian beat Willie Maley's side 2-1 -- "that a club would contest a Scottish Cup final at their home ground" (BBC, 10/30).
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