The Scottish FA Board met today to consider a comprehensive Options Review report examining the opportunities available beyond the term of the existing lease for the use of Hampden Park, which expires in 2020.
As well as submissions from those venues involved in the process – Queen’s Park, Scottish Rugby, Celtic and Rangers – the Board also received supplementary information drawn from a spectrum of other key stakeholders, including the Scottish FA membership.
Over the course of the meeting, each proposal was discussed in detail and broad themes were developed and debated among the group. The request from Glasgow City Council to review the timescales of any decision was also acknowledged.
Having considered all submissions and supporting documentation, the Board has decided at this time to further develop two positive options: remaining at Hampden Park beyond 2020 and moving to BT Murrayfield.
This decision was taken after considering the financial implications of all proposals submitted.
Given the complexity of the discussion - as well as the social, economic and emotional impact of any final decision - the Board was unanimous that more work requires to be undertaken to bring further clarity and certainty to any final decision.
The next phase of the process will begin immediately with a view to final proposals being considered in the summer.