Top 10 Biggest Stadiums in Scotland

Sport is one of the most popular cultural pastimes in Scotland, and the country is home to some of the most amazing stadiums in Europe.

Association football (soccer as it’s known in 9 countries) is the most popular sport in the country, closely followed by golf (where the modern-day sport originated in the 15th century) and rugby.

The 3 biggest stadiums in Scotland are located in the most populous city in the country, Glasgow. This is also where the two most successful football clubs in Scotland are based.

Both Celtic Glasgow and the Glasgow Rangers play their home games in a stadium that even makes some of the most famous Premier League clubs jealous.

Remarkably, both stadiums have a capacity that is over double that of the closest club stadium in the country.

In the list below, you’ll discover some of the biggest Scottish stadiums!

1. Celtic Park

  • Location: Glasgow
  • Capacity: 60,411

Celtic Park is the magnificent home stadium of Celtic Football Club, one of the two major football clubs in Glasgow. The stadium is located in the Parkhead area in the East End District of the city. It has been the home of Celtic since 1888, a year after the club was established.

The original stadium was located in Parkhead but it was moved to a nearby area in 1892. It was already a major sports venue in the early 20th century. It has been transformed into a modern football temple between 1994 and 1998.

Celtic Park Biggest stadiums in Scotland
Celtic Park in Glasgow / Vincenzo Togni / Wiki Commons

2. Hampden Park

  • Location: Glasgow
  • Capacity: 51,866

Hampden Park is another major stadium in Glasgow but unlike Celtic Park, it’s not used by a football club. Instead, it’s the national football stadium of Scotland which means it’s mainly used for games of the Scottish national football team, as well as cup matches and concerts.

Hampden, as the stadium is commonly referred to, has existed since 1903 and at the time, it was the biggest stadium in the world. Over 100,000 people could watch games here and this was even increased to up to 150,000 spectators a few decades earlier. Today, it can seat just 51,866 people due to renovations and safety measures.

Hampden Park Scotland Stadiums
Hampden Park in Glasgow / John Lord / Wiki Commons

3. Ibrox Stadium

  • Location: Glasgow
  • Capacity: 50,817

Ibrox Stadium is the third major stadium in Glasgow and was named after the Ibrox district in the city where its located at. It’s the home venue of the Glasgow Rangers, the other successful Scottish football club, and has been since it was first opened in 1899.

The main stand was surrounded by earthen terraces when it was completed in 1928. This section of the stadium is now a listed building in Scotland due to its historical value. The Ibrox disaster of 1971 resulted in the stadium completely being rebuilt according to modern safety standards. The final renovation took place in 1997 and gave the stadium its current appearance.

Ibrox Stadium
Ibrox Stadium / Wiki Commons

4. Pittodrie Stadium

  • Location: Aberdeen
  • Capacity: 20,866

Pittodrie Stadium is the fourth-largest stadium in Scotland and as you can see, it’s significantly smaller than the top 3 stadiums. It’s the home of Scottish football club Aberdeen F.C. and has been since the club was established in the year 1903.

The stadium remarkably predates this football club because it was used for 4 years by the predecessor of Aberdeen F.C. between 1899 and 1903. The stadium set some remarkable records because it was the first stadium in the world that featured dugouts and it became the first all-seater in the United Kingdom in 1978.

Pittodrie Stadium Aberdeen
Pittodrie Stadium in Aberdeen / Lewismccabe / Wiki Commons

5. Easter Road

  • Location: Edinburgh
  • Capacity: 20,421

Easter Road is the largest stadium in the capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh. It’s located in the Leith area of the city which is near the port in the northern part of the city. It’s the home venue of the Scottish football club Hibernian, a club commonly referred to as “Hibs.”

Hibs has played in a stadium located here since the year 1893. It has undergone several expansion phases in its history which transformed it into an amazing ground. The stadium is locally known as either “The Holy Ground” or “The Leith San Siro,” a reference to the biggest stadium in Italy.

Easter Road Stadium
Easter Road Stadium / Geni / Wiki Commons

6. Tynecastle Park

  • Location: Edinburgh
  • Capacity: 19,852

Tynecastle Park is the home ground of another football club based in Edinburgh called “Heart of Midlothian” or simply “Hearts.” It’s another historic ground in Scotland that has been used by its club since the late 19th century, more precisely, the year 1886.

Although it has a seating capacity of fewer than 20,000 seats, it has been used in its history for both games of the Scottish national football team and the Scottish cup finals. The stadium was thoroughly renovated between 1994 and 1997 and received another facelift in the year 2017.

TYnecastle Park Edinburgh
Tynecastle Park in Edinburgh / Paul Henery / Wiki Commons

7. Rugby Park

  • Location: Kilmarnock
  • Capacity: 17,889

Rugby Park is the common name of a stadium officially known as “The BBSP Stadium Rugby Park.” It’s the home ground of the Scottish football club Kilmarnock F.C., the local pride of the city of Kilmarnock in the southwestern part of Scotland.

The old stadium first opened its doors in the year 1899 and was renovated several times throughout the 20th century. The most extensive renovation phase was completed between 1994 and 1995 which transformed it into an all-seater stadium. Rugby Park is also frequently used for concerts.

Rugby Park in Kilmarnock
Rugby Park in Kilmarnock / Martin Le Roy / Wiki Commons

8. Tannadice Park

  • Location: Dundee
  • Capacity: 14,223

Tannadice Park is commonly referred to as just “Tannadice” and is the home ground of the Scottish football club Dundee United F.C. It first opened its doors in the 19th century and was used by the predecessor of this football club called Dundee Hibernian.

This wasn’t the only football club that has used the stadium as its home ground. Several local football clubs used it in the 19th century including Dundee East End F.C. and Dundee Wanderers F.C. Just like most stadiums in Scotland, it was transformed into an all-seater in the year 1994.

Tannadice Park
Tannadice Park / Benson85 / Wiki Commons

9. Fir Park

  • Location: Motherwell
  • Capacity: 13,677

Fir Park Stadium is a stadium located in Motherwell, a large town located in North Lanarkshire on the southeastern outskirts of Glasgow. It’s the home of the local Scottish football club Motherwell Football Club and has been ever since the club moved here in the year 1895.

What’s remarkable is that this club played its games formerly at Dalziel Park Stadium, a stadium in Motherwell that first opened in 1889. Today, this location is occupied by residential housing. The most impressive stand of the stadium is referred to as the Tommy McLean Stand and is remarkably reserved for away supporters.

Fir Park Stadium
Fir Park Stadium / Lewismccabe / Wiki Commons

10. Dens Park

  • Location: Dundee
  • Capacity: 11,775

Dens Park is another stadium in Dundee, the fourth-largest city in Scotland that is located in the eastern part of the country. It’s the home ground of local football club Dundee F.C. and is located exactly 183 meters (600 feet) away from Tannadice, the home stadium of archrivals Dundee United F.C.

Anfield and Goodison Park in Liverpool, home grounds of Liverpool F.C. and Everton F.C. respectively, are pretty close to each other, but they don’t come as close as these two stadiums in Dundee. Yes, nowhere in the UK will you find two major stadiums as close together as here. The stadium was opened in 1899 and was completely renovated between 1998 and 1999.

Dens Park and Tannadice Park
Dens Park and Tannadice Park / Mike Pennington / Wiki Commons