Home to Rangers FC and the most successful team in Scotland, Ibrox Stadium is a great place to be a roaring fan for the day. With a capacity of nearly 51,000, there are four stands to see all the action from. If you get the chance, their stadium tours are a great way to learn about the Rangers’ history and heritage as well as all their impressive number of honours they’ve accomplished. If you’re catching an early match on the weekend and need somewhere to stay, our Glasgow Pacific Quay (SECC) hotel is not far from the stadium at all.
The Ibrox Stadium (formerly Ibrox Park) has had its fair share of drama over the years. Opened in 1899 it was three years later when disaster struck at a Scotland v England game and the wooden terraces in the stand collapsed. After undergoing redevelopment design, red brick came into play an increased the capacity and the look of the stadium as a whole. For decades, everything was fine until in 1971 when disaster struck again. It was then decided that the whole stadium would be re-modelled on a German style stadium headed up by former player turned executive Willie Waddell. And what a success it has been. Ibrox has hosted many a Scottish national game and Scottish league final, rugby games and concerts with legends such as Elton John and Billy Joel take to the stage.
Running every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you’ll be able to really feel like one of the Rangers on a stadium tour. After you’ve climbed the famous marble staircase, it’s time to explore the trophy room and be amazed at the cabinets full of winning silverware. With exclusive access to both the home and away dressing rooms, you can imagine what the atmosphere would be like before a match before a visit to the Blue Room and the old manager’s room. Finally, do a warm up with run down the tunnel before going pitchside with a seat in the dugout.
The stadium grounds become pedestrianised 90 minutes before a match and for 45 minutes after the match. If you’re driving to the stadium, make sure you’re here and parked a good while before kick off so you can get about.
Whether you’re after half time pies or a few drinks after the match, you won’t be far from either.
Nothing says football match food like pies, sausage rolls, hot dogs and a steaming hot cup of tea. There are catering kiosks all over the stadium selling all your match time favourites and little ones can enjoy a snack box that comes with collectible playing card. For something a little more filling, book a table for lunch, dinner (Friday and Saturday) or Sunday lunch at The Argyle House Restaurant.
Just outside the stadium is The Louden Tavern which is open before and after kick-off. Perfect for picking up the atmosphere, there’s a well-stocked bar for all the fans. With not many pub and restaurant options super-close to the stadium, there’s a whole of choice in the city centre, heading towards Merchant City and Sauchiehall Street.
You know it’s going to be an easy stadium to visit when it has a subway station named after it. Buses and trains are also an option but you’ll be ready for kick off after your 10 minute subway ride.
If you’re driving, the address for your sat nav is G51 2XD. For a £7 fee on entry, parking is available at the Albion Car Park directly opposite the stadium and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
There are a number of buses from the city centre that can drop you off very close to the stadium. These routes include the 9, 17, 49, 54, 55, 56, 89 and 90.
The closest station to the stadium is Dumbreck and then an additional 20 minute walk, running every hour from Glasgow Central station.
Ibrox Stadium subway station is just a 2 minute stroll away from the stadium itself. With trains leaving every five minutes from the city centre, you’ll be at kick off in no time.
If you want to immerse yourself in a city with incredible history, architecture and culture take a break in Glasgow. With a range of budget hotels in the City Centre on Buchanan Street and Argyle Street plus an array of hotels near Glasgow University, we have something suitable to stay whatever the occasion.
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