As Scotland gears up to host four UEFA EURO 2020 matches next year ‘The Hampden Roar’, an exciting family-friendly exhibition featuring five interactive zones, will visit Dundee this October half-term break.
To celebrate the European Championship matches taking place at Hampden Park next year, the exhibition will travel the country stopping in Dundee, Inverness, Aberdeen and Edinburgh, giving fans throughout Scotland the chance to immerse themselves in the 60-year history of the competition.
Overgate Shopping Centre will host the travelling exhibition from 10:00 to 18:00 on Saturday 12 October which is set to educate, entertain and excite visitors as they take a journey throughout EUROs, ahead of the return of the famous competition next year.
Included in one of the five dedicated zones will be the coveted Henri Delaunay Cup. This will be the first time that the trophy has toured Scotland and is a unique opportunity for fans to see it firsthand in their local town. Europe’s elite will be competing to get their hands on this trophy during UEFA EURO 2020 which takes place in June and July 2020.
In the other zones, fans are offered Eur-own chance to play with a mini-pitch – a place for children and adults alike to enjoy activities like a dribbling competition, penalty kick and skills training. Also included is an Iconic Moments zone – a travelling museum exhibiting precious artefacts from the Scottish Football Museum including squad shirts from Scottish footballing icons, Ally McCoist and Paul McStay – Heroes Dressing Room, the perfect backdrop for the all-important selfie and, finally, the Fans First zone which will capture Scots fans greatest and most iconic moments from the tournament’s history.
A recent survey of Scottish football fans revealed their most iconic moments in the history of the European Championship Tournament was underdog’s Greece winning the tournament in 2004. The 1996 tournament was found to be Scotland’s favourite ever year with some of the nation’s greatest football legends competing, including John Collins, Colin Hendry, Ally McCoist and Gary McAllister.
‘The Hampden Roar’ is being brought to life by VisitScotland’s EventScotland team, the Scottish FA, the Scottish Government, the Scottish Football Museum and local partners.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events, said: “Scotland is the perfect stage for world-class events and our diverse portfolio of events is pivotal to bringing visitors to the country. We are extremely excited to be working with all the partners to bring this iconic trophy to Scotland for the first time. This keenly anticipated competition will showcase everything Glasgow and Scotland have to offer, and we’re delighted to be part of the celebrations.”
Richard McBrearty, curator of the Scottish Football Museum, said: “We are a proud delivery partner for ‘The Hampden Roar’, a fantastic way to showcase just some of the rich collection we have at the Museum, and to celebrate our special opportunity to host four games in this unique EURO. Our dedicated UEFA EURO 2020 exhibition can be found in the Museum and everyone is always welcome.
Sports Minister Joe FitzPatrick said: "I'm delighted the travelling football exhibition, ‘The Hampden Roar’, is coming to Dundee as part of its tour of the country.
“It offers a fantastic opportunity for people to experience the excitement of the EUROs.
“With five interactive zones, including the chance to get a photo with the coveted Henri Delaunay Cup, there is something for everyone to come and enjoy.”
‘The Hampden Roar’ tour will visit:
Overgate Shopping Centre – Saturday 12 October: 10.00 – 18.00
Inverness Leisure – Monday 14 October: 10.00 – 18.00
Aberdeen Sports Village – Thursday 17 October: 10.00 – 18.00
Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre – Saturday 19 October: 10.00 – 18.00
In 2020, Scottish fans will have the chance to witness iconic moments first-hand as Hampden Park plays host to four UEFA EURO 2020 matches (15, 19, 23 and 30 June 2020).