2014 cup finals moved from Hampden

Salisbury Journal: Hampden Park will stop hosting football matches in November 2013 so the stadium can be transformed into an athletics track Hampden Park will stop hosting football matches in November 2013 so the stadium can be transformed into an athletics track

No football will be played at Hampden Park for a year to enable the stadium to host the Commonwealth Games athletics.

Scotland's national football stadium had been earmarked as the venue for track and field in two years' time and the details of the transformation have now been announced following talks with stadium management, football parties and the Glasgow 2014 team.

A joint statement revealed that the final football match at Hampden, the home of Queen's Park, would be played in November 2013 before work begins on the installation of a temporary running track.

Work to remove the track will begin immediately after the Games and the stadium will be back to normal by "late 2014".

The timeframe should see Scotland able to play a potential World Cup qualifying play-off at Hampden next year, but the first few games of their Euro 2016 campaign will need to take place elsewhere.

The 2014 Scottish Cup and League Cup semi-finals and finals will also be moved.

An SFA statement read: "Contingency plans are well under way with prospective venues and I am sure all sports fans will understand the need to give Glasgow 2014 and Hampden Park Ltd our full support."

The work will raise the surface of the arena by 1.9m and create a 44,000-seater stadium for the Games, returning to a 52,063 capacity afterwards.

Stadium managing director Peter Dallas added: "For decades, Hampden Park has witnessed world-class footballers playing at the peak of their profession. Some of the planet's biggest music stars have also played at the stadium enjoying the unique atmosphere and energy created at Hampden.

"The Commonwealth Games will add world-class athletes to the list of greats who have enjoyed the Hampden experience."

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