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Celtic to open new Cardiff ground

Jock Stein at Ninian Park
Jock Stein hours before he collapsed and died at Ninian Park in 1985

Cardiff City will officially open their new £38m stadium with a prestigious friendly against Scottish Premier League leaders Celtic on 22 July.

The pre-season match will be poignant as both clubs remember Celtic's legendary boss Jock Stein who died at Cardiff's current Ninian Park home.

Stein suffered a heart attack and died after Scotland's World Cup qualifier against Wales in September 1985.

Celtic chief Peter Lawwell said: "The game will be a fantastic occasion."

Cardiff's new 27,000-capacity stadium, built by Laing O'Rourke, will be handed over to Cardiff City a few weeks ahead of schedule and will also be home to Cardiff Blues rugby region.

Celtic chief exec Lawwel added: "We are pleased to play our part in the opening of such a prestigious new venue."



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see also
Ten top Ninian Park memories
22 Apr 09 |  Cardiff
Farewell Ninian Park
20 Apr 09 |  Cardiff
Cardiff stadium on track for 2009
22 Jan 08 |  Cardiff
Remembering Jock Stein
06 Sep 05 |  Scotland


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