Celtic Park is the largest football stadium in the city (and the country) and is the home of the only Scottish team to have won the European Cup. Celtic were in fact the first British team to win the European Cup, their 2-1 triumph over Inter Milan in Lisbon in May 1967 being hailed as a landmark victory.
All the more remarkable was the fact that the win was achieved by 11 players who were all born within a 30 mile radius of the stadium. As one of the most foremost analysts of football, Hugh McIlvanney, stated it was akin to the “Glasgow and District Select winning the European Cup.”
Glasgow has a huge football rivalry and those with no love for Celtic will try to undermine and downplay this achievement at every opportunity. These calls should be ignored, Celtic’s feat in becoming the first British team to lift the European Cup was a monumental achievement, all the more so when you consider it was their first time in the competition.
Cetic play their home games at Celtic Park, in the East End of the city. It is fair to say that the local area surrounding the stadium is hardly the most luxurious but the news that Glasgow is hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games will see the East End of the city experience a redevelopment.
The stadium itself has seen a few changes in its history, the most radical coming in the mid 1990s when the dilapidated old stadium was transformed after the Fergus McCann takeover. Celtic Park was upgraded (eventually) into a 60,000+ all seater stadium, making it the largest football venue in the city.
Although Celtic played their first game in 1888, the current site for the Celtic Park was not their home until 1892. Being faced with a large rent increase for their original stadium, Celtic moved across the road, using a disused brickyard with fans chipping in to help clear the area. This move was likened as being moving “from the graveyard to Paradise”, reference to the graveyard which can still be found at the back of the current Celtic Park and the name ‘Paradise’ is still used by many fans to describe Celtic Park today.
Another name for the stadium is ‘Parkhead’, which refers to the area of Glasgow the stadium can be found in. All three are recognised names for the stadium although some people take it very seriously if you refer to the stadium in a way they do not agree with. As you would expect from a football mad city, rival fans have other names for Celtic Park – if you feel so inclined, we’ll let you find them out for yourself.
Match tickets are readily available for Celtic Park, although bigger matches may prove to be a struggle to gain entry to if you are coming from afar and have no contacts. Like most clubs nowadays, Celtic offer a tour of their stadium and there are restaurant facilities within the ground as well.