Queen’s Park has reportedly agreed to a deal in principle to sell Hampden Park to the Scottish FA, after Scottish Football’s national association contemplated quitting the national stadium.
The Scottish FA are currently looking at potentially swapping Hampden for Murrayfield when their lease on Hampden ends in 2020. If a deal is rubber stamped then it looks like the Scottish FA will remain at the national stadium.
Hampden Park has been the national stadium since 1906 with Scottish Cup and League Cup Finals being held at the ground also.
Reports back in February intimated that the Scottish FA were offering a cut price offer of £2 million for Hampden Park – which was renovated to the tune of over £60 million in the late 90s, including £40 million from the public purse.
The stadium, which the Scottish FA lease for £800,000 a year, has faced a plethora of criticism from fans who claim the atmosphere is poor and that the sloping stands gives fans a poor view of matches.
If the Scottish FA do buy Hampden then a major redevelopment must be undertaken, with initial proposals including safe standing areas behind the goals and bringing the east and west stands closer to the pitch.