Murrayfield to be offered to SFA for national team and finals

Football goals on Murrayfield could become a more familiar sight. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker
Football goals on Murrayfield could become a more familiar sight. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker
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The Scottish Rugby Union have submitted a bid to stage Scotland international football matches at BT Murrayfield in Edinburgh.

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The Scottish Football Association have invited the SRU to put forward a proposal as they explore the possibility of moving from the traditional national football stadium, Hampden Park.

The SFA’s lease at Hampden is due to expire in 2020 and they will look at all options before deciding what the future of the national team should be.

Murrayfield’s 67,000 capacity is an attraction compared to Hampden, which holds 52,000 fans.

The SRU’s chief operating officer, Dominic McKay, said: “We’ve put a bid forward having been invited to do so by the SFA.

“We’re completely respectful of the fact Murrayfield is 40 miles away but over the last few years we have spend a great deal of money around the stadium to make sure supporters have a great experience. We hope they enjoy the experience beyond the match and we’re keen to offer that to football.

“We have the biggest stadium in Scotland so it’s quite a big commercial opportunity for the SFA to drive money into football.”

Murrayfield has staged European and domestic football matches involving Celtic and Hearts in recent years. It is currently operating as a temporary home for Hearts whilst they redevelop Tynecastle Park.

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