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Your View: end of an era for Hampden?

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The next few of months may be a glimpse into the future of Hampden — as an athletics ground with little football.

In July, the southside stadium will be seen by millions across the world when it is the focal point of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The refurbishedvenue will host nearly 50 track and field disciplines, contested by more than 1,000 athletes.

Commonwealth Games and sport secretary Shona Robison said: “This new athletics track is truly fantastic and another excellent example of how ready we are for these Games.

“This completes an amazing transformation of Hampden Park.”

Just weeks before, athletes such as Lyndsey Sharp, Yohan Blake and Mo Farah will touch down to compete in the stadium Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix at Hampden Park on 11-12 July, the first of two IAA Diamond League meetings to be held in Britain.

While this activity presents a sunny outlook for the stadium, news of the SFA’s indecision in renewing its lease casts doubt over its future.

Hampden, the home of Scottish football for the last 111 years, is owned by league two outfit Queen’s Park. The SFA holds a lease on the 52,000-seater arena which will expire in 2020.

As seen in last week’s Extra, the SFA are now consideringoptions such as Murrayfield, Ibrox, Parkhead and Pittodrie for 2020 and beyond.

This week, we asked southsiders: do you think the SFA should stay at Hampden?

Drew Stewart (61) from Argyll, told The Extra: “If that’s what the SFA think is best for Scottish football, then it’s fine with me. It doesn’t really bother me where they play, at the end of the day, it’s only a stadium.”

For 49-year-old John Logue, from Barrhead, “The atmosphere is great.

“I want them to stay, but if it’s another stadium Murrayfield would be best. “

Patricia Kerr added: “Scotland should play on a neautral ground — so not Parkhead or Ibrox.”

Thornliebank man Matthew Evans (88) said: “I used to go to Hampden a lot and it would be a shame to see it go. Perhaps Scotland should not be limited to Glasgow though, and instead play games around the country.”

Ewan Macbeth (76), from Busby, added: “If they have the money to move, then that’s fine.

“I won’t lose any sleep over it but Hampden is the home of Scottish football and it would be a bit of a shame to end a long historic tradition.”

 

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