Celtic Park, often known as Parkhead, based on its location in Glasgow, and Paradise to its fans, has been home to Celtic Football Club since 1892. The stadium has a capacity of over sixty thousand and is the largest in Scotland and the seventh largest stadium in the United Kingdom.
Celtic as a football club was established in 1887, with its first ground built in 1888, also in the Parkhead area of Glasgow, before moving to the current site four years later. Celtic Park was well known for its vast terraces until all major stadia were changed to be seating only in the mid-1990s. The new stadium was an instant success for the club. It was often described as one of the best in Britain at the time, and record match day attendances helped the club to flourish. It had the first double-decker stadium at any football ground, which unfortunately burnt down in 1927.
The 1990s saw major changes at the stadium, sparked by the need to put seating in. Celtic played their home games at Hampden Park during the 1994-95 season while this work was completed, and the stadium, as we know it today re-opened in August 1995. In the late 1990s, Celtic had the highest season ticket sales of any club in Britain at the time.
The original oval shape of Celtic Park has meant that in its early years it was a perfect location for a running track and a cycling track to be built around the perimeter of the pitch, which played host to the only World Cycling Championships to be held in Scotland in 1897, and also to various track and field meetings. Rugby League was first played in Scotland in 1909 at Celtic Park.
As well as sporting events, Celtic Park has been host to many public events over the years, including a coronation parade for King George V. It has been the venue for U2, Wet Wet Wet and The Who concerts over the years. More recently, the stadium was also part of the opening ceremony in the 2014 Commonwealth Games and was next to the Athletes Village.
Celtic Park has also played host to the Scottish National Football Team on many occasions over the years, when Hampden Park, the national stadium, was being redeveloped. As well as watching football at the ground, stadium tours are also available Monday - Saturday, which give fans access to parts of the stadium that are normally unseen by the public; the tours last around 90 minutes, but are shorter on match days.
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