The current Hampden Park north of Cathcart on Mount Florida is the third to have had the name, all on different sites but with the two previous ones within walking distance of today's and, indeed, of the open space that gave its name to the club that built all three, Queen's Park.
Now the national football stadium and owned since 2018 by the Scottish Football Association (SFA), with the club now playing next door at Lesser Hampden, the crowd-capacity is fifty-one thousand. It was was almost double that when opened in 1903 and three times that from 1927 until 1937 when the then World's and still Europe's record attendance of 149, 547 was achieved. It was for that season's match against England, incidentally won by Scotland 3-1 but with a Scot scoring all the goals.
But today's Hampden is not just a football ground. It is the headquarters of the SFA itself and the Scottish Professional Football League, the governing body of the premier League and the three lower divisions and of Scottish Women's Football. It has from 2001also housed the Scottish Football Museum, founded by leading SFHG member, Ged O'Brien. with its unique and extensive, if still partial, collection of Scottish footballing memorabilia at home, but limited coverage of Scots football worldwide. And the museum also contains the interesting but again constrained Scottish Football Hall of Fame.
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