The Scottish FA is today proud to submit its bid for Glasgow and the National Stadium, Hampden Park, to become a host city for the UEFA European Championships in 2020 on the competition’s 60th anniversary.
The bid has been made in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and EventScotland. Campbell Ogilvie, the Scottish FA President, and Stewart Regan, Chief Executive, were joined by Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners Rights, and Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau.
The Scottish FA will formally submit its bid document to UEFA tomorrow (Friday, 25th April) and will discover whether it has been successful in September, when the UEFA Executive Committee meets to determine the 13 host cities.
Hampden Park has a rich history and heritage in world football. It was the scene or arguably the greatest UEFA European Cup final of all time, the epic 7-3 victory for the mighty Real Madrid against Eintracht Frankfurt in 1960. It was also the venue when Zinedine Zidane scored what is generally regarded as one of the best goals in a UEFA Champions League final, when Real returned to Scotland to win the trophy against Bayer Leverkusen in 2002.
Hampden Park was once again the chosen venue for the 2007 UEFA Cup all-Spanish final between Sevilla and Espanyol. It will reiterate its status as a world-class sports and entertainment arena when it hosts the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the legacy redevelopment from which will ensure The National Stadium is equipped with the necessary improvements to ensure a top-class facility befitting the 60th anniversary of the European Championships.
Campbell Ogilvie, Scottish FA President: “Firstly, I would like to thank everyone involved for their efforts in producing what I consider to be a first-class bid document that extols the many virtues of Scottish football, Glasgow and, of course, the National Stadium, Hampden Park.
“Scottish football and Hampden Park are synonymous with excellence on the European stage: from Celtic becoming the first British winners of the European Cup in 1967, Rangers winning the European Cup-winners’ Cup in 1972 and Aberdeen doing likewise more than a decade later.
“The National Stadium has also played host to some of the greatest players and greatest games of all-time. With the stadium demonstrating its versatility as the host venue for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games I am sure the whole country – and indeed football fans across Europe – would be thrilled by the prospect of the Hampden Roar providing its unique soundtrack to the European Championships in 2020. Of course, it would be equally special if the national team qualified for what will be a very special anniversary tournament, staged in 13 cities.”
Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners Rights: “Scotland is a natural home for the world’s greatest sporting events. We are a nation of sport fans, ready to welcome the best football talent from across Europe and take part in what will be a remarkable year for the European Championships.
“While it is a competitive field, thanks to continued investment, strong partnership working and our track record in major events – which will be evident again this summer during the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup – we are confident that Glasgow and Hampden is a strong bid.
“This isn’t a bid just for Glasgow but a bid for the whole of Scotland. Hosting part of UEFA Euro 2020 provides a perfect opportunity to continue our national legacy from both Glasgow 2014 and a platform to showcase our culture and country to an international audience.”Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau: “Glasgow enjoys a proud reputation as one of the world’s great footballing cities and Hampden, in particular, has become a stadium familiar to football fans throughout Europe.“As a city, we recognise the value of football and major sporting events. We have a fantastic track record in attracting and hosting some of the biggest global sporting championships – from the Champions League and UEFA Cup finals to the Commonwealth Games – and we’re ranked as one of the top 10 ultimate sports cities in the world, ahead of the likes of Paris, Madrid and Amsterdam.“Working with the Scottish FA and Scottish Government, we have been targeting the European Championships in 2020 since it first became clear UEFA was considering this new tournament format. That work has been underway for more than 18 months and, delivering our bid today, we are ready to demonstrate that Glasgow and Hampden will provide a truly memorable backdrop to mark UEFA’s 60th anniversary EURO celebration.“This is a real opportunity to bring some of Europe’s top football stars to Glasgow, support our national game and benefit the economy.”Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland: “Scotland is the perfect stage for major events and our bid for Euro 2020 highlights the ambition we have to host the biggest properties in world sport. The exciting, multi-city concept for the European Championships would showcase Glasgow and Scotland to a huge global audience, while driving economic benefits through spectator spend. We have a strong reputation as a major events destination, built on years of experience, which we will demonstrate throughout the bidding process.”