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Sunday, 12 December, 1999, 18:50 GMT
Hampden to host Euro final

New hampden The Scotland v England match was one of the first at the new Hampden


Scotland's financially beleagued national stadium has been given a boost with news that it will stage the 2002 European Cup final.

Uefa made an unofficial announcement on Saturday that Hampden Park on the south side of Glasgow had been chosen.

The news was made official on Sunday during the draw for the next stage of the Euro 2000 championships.

It is not the first time the home of Scottish football has hosted Europe's premier club fixture - back in 1960 a Real Madrid side containing Alfredo di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas beat Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3 at the old Hampden.

The historic arena has been the scene of many great footballing occasions including a then world record attendance for a stadium-based sports event of 149,000 for a Scotland v England home international.

That figure has since been surpassed with the current record - a 199,584 attendance at the 1950 World Cup decider between Brazil and Uruguay at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium.

Multi-million pound cost

Hampden Park has just undergone a massive redevelopment costing more than 63m.

However, its make-over has not passed without controversy.

The new 52,500 capacity stadium was plunged into financial crisis after the main contractor, Sir Robert McAlpine, issued a 4m writ for unpaid work.

A cash rescue plan is being worked on which could see the Scottish Football Association taking over the management of the stadium from its current owners, Queens Park Football Club.

The Scottish Executive came under fire from opposition parties when it decided to pump in 2m to help out the struggling refurbishment project.

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