Sir Alex Ferguson helped kick-off Glasgow’s UEFA EURO 2020 preparations at the official launch of the Host City branding in the Science Centre on the banks of the River Clyde.
The managerial great was joined by Scottish FA President Alan McRae, Chief Executive Stewart Regan, Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council, Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, and UEFA’s Legal Affairs Director Alasdair Bell in unveiling Glasgow’s logo for the 60th anniversary of the European Championship, which will be spread across 13 host city venues.
Hampden Park will play host to a Group Stage and a Round of 16 match for the championships. The iconic Clyde Arc - affectionately known to Glaswegians as the Squinty Bridge – is a centrepiece of UEFA’s historic tournament, one of the 13 connecting bridges across Europe.
Sir Alex Ferguson, Scotland’s UEFA EURO 2020 Ambassador: “I have an enduring affinity with Hampden Park, Scotland’s national stadium, and it is fitting that a stadium with such a proud history should be a part of this unique celebration of the UEFA European Championship’s 60th anniversary.
“I was fortunate enough to play on that famous pitch as a young Queen’s Park player; to watch the legendary Real Madrid side that came to Glasgow in 1960; and can look back fondly at those cup final successes as manager of Aberdeen.
“I look forward to Hampden being a key part of an historic UEFA EURO 2020.”
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs: “This is a unique opportunity for Glasgow and Scotland to host matches as part of this prestigious championship.
“It will help to enhance our international reputation and is likely to have a significant economic impact, not just for Glasgow but for Scotland as a whole. We will look to create opportunities for visitors to extend their trips beyond the matches - spreading the tourism and economic benefits.”
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Scotland has demonstrated its capacity as the perfect stage for events on numerous magnificent occasions In recent years, and hosting these crucial UEFA EURO 2020 matches will build upon our sterling reputation as a world-leading host nation.
“We are delighted Hampden Park is set to play such a pivotal role during this landmark tournament, and look forward to further footballing history being made here in Scotland in 2020.”