You may be aware that Hampden Park will be used to host four UEFA Euro Championship matches in 2020. In order to make Hampden UEFA compliant some upgrading work to the North Stand Lounges and the Executive Boxes will be required. While the former is unlikely to affect us (unless we draw one of the Old Firm at home in the Scottish Cup) the work on the Executive Boxes in the South Stand will affect us on home match days. Part of the work on the Executive Boxes will be to move the glass windows back so that the seating for the Boxes will ultimately be outside the Box dining area. Whether it would still be possible to watch the game from within the revamped boxes remains to be seen (no pun intended).
Hampden Park Ltd. have informed us that the upgrading work will start this month. As a result, the Boxes on the West side of the stand will be unavailable to host guests on matchdays from Monday 12th December until Monday 27th March, and the boxes in the East side of the stand will be unavailable on matchdays from 23rd January until 27th March. Alternative arrangements will be made to house corporate guests in either the Lomond or Nevis Lounges. Also, during the period of the works there will be delineated areas in front of the Boxes which will need to be kept clear of spectators. This will result in some inconvenience to members and supporters, but hopefully this can be kept to a minimum.
Some members and supporters have been wondering why, following the Chapecoense disaster, we held a minute’s applause prior to our match against Montrose, and then a minute’s silence prior to the match against Brechin City. The answer is that the former was our own idea in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, and the latter was at the request of FIFA and the SPFL.
Finally, this will be my last blog before Christmas. May I take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very happy one.