Stadiums & Arenas
The Home of Edinburgh’s Sporting Legacy
Edinburgh is a city with a rich sporting history, with a number of major sporting events held in the city over the years. While 2014 might have been Glasgow’s year to showcase the Commonwealth Games, Edinburgh has had the opportunity to host the games twice now, once in 1970, and once in 1986. Plus, the city has many professional sports teams, across football, Rugby Union, Speedway, Ice Hockey and More. To ensure the city can cope with the demands of sport in the city, there are a number of state-of-the-art venues across the capital.
The largest stadium in the city, and the largest in Scotland, larger even than the famous Celtic Park and Ibrox stadiums of Glasgow, Murrayfield is the home of Scottish Rugby Union. The 67,000 seat venue plays host to all of the Scotland National Rugby Union Team, and has the largest permanent television screens in the country, perfect for a reply of the perfect try or fearsome tackle.
In addition to the mighty Murrayfield, the city also has two dedicated football stadiums, Tynecastle and Easter Road, home to Hearts and Hibernian respectively. The two football teams are fierce rivals, and the stadiums play host to a number of raucous derbies every year. The Meadowbank Stadium also hosts many sports, including international athletic meets, and the Murrayfield Ice Rink, which is open to the public most days, is transformed into the home of the Edinburgh Capitals ice hockey team on match days.
As you can see, Edinburgh can compete with most UK cities in terms of sporting legacy and excellent facilities. Depending on what time of year you visit the capital, there are many opportunities to witness one of these sporting spectacles for yourself.