The Scotland national side and Queen’s Park have been playing their home matches at the stadium ever since it was redeveloped in 1999, but with fans constantly complaining about the atmosphere and the view behind either goal, and the SFA’s lease on the ground expiring in 2020, it might be time to look elsewhere.
And that’s definitely a school of thought that McCann prescribes to.
The businessman has described his memories of the old Hampden and the new incarnation in his letter today, and pointed towards other footballing nations who see no need at all to have a home national stadium.
Via The Herald, McCann writes: ‘There is no valid case for continued use of Hampden Park, indeed no case for a Football Association to operate a stadium. Many countries, including Netherlands, Italy and Spain have no national stadium or need for one.
‘A possible use of the property might be to retain the 17,000-seat ‘elite’ South Stand and demolish the rest. Play under 21 and other events there, possibly athletics; Queen’s Park to remain there and sell the rest of the land for £1 to the SFA for it to create a Training Centre combined with Toryglen. The SFA has the money to do this and benefit its clubs, and the football public, daily.
‘Scottish football, with its limited resources and competitive disadvantages, has to be managed efficiently, and the stadiums in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen – all getting better – can stage games profitably for the benefit of all the clubs – and their supporters.
‘Yes, we can feel some nostalgia for the Hampden Park events of the past. But the mistakes of the 1990s must not continue.
‘The future should belong to the supporters who buy the tickets, and the clubs they own and support.’
McCann is probably the most high-profile person related to Scottish football to call for such a radical overhaul, but what do you think of the proposal?
Would you be all for seeing most of Hampden reduced to rubble and international games played elsewhere?