“ Ibrox Stadium, originally Ibrox Park, is the stadium of Rangers F.C. It is located on the south side of the River Clyde in the Ibrox district of Glasgow, Scotland. As one of the oldest and largest stadia in Britain, as the site of two major disasters and as one of the first wave of predominantly all-seater football grounds, Ibrox is a stadium of widely acknowledged architectural and historic significance. „
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Ibrox Stadium Tour - The Home of Glasgow Rangers
The Gers, have a long history within Scottish & European football. The club was established in 1873, and a stadium tour of Ibrox is a fantastic way to find out about this great club.
The tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours and begins in the reception area with a climb up the grand marble staircase to the managers office. The group is normally quite small and once in the office, everyone has their chance to sit a the big desk for a photo opportunity, as the tour guide points out various items of note that have become tradition to each manager past and present. Next stop is the Trophy Room, the envy of many professional clubs. The Blue Room is certainly a sight to behold with all of the pennants, silverware, glass and other items that Rangers have either won over the years or been given as gifts from teams that they have played in friendlies or cup competitions. The tour guides knowlege of the huge number of items was extensive and after covering all the major titles/trophies he gave some great history and stories about a large number of the more obscure things on display. The tour continues with a trip to the press room to see a couple of films about the history of the club and the state of the art training centre at Murray Park. Visitors get the chance to sit at the desk where Walter Smith talks to the press and new players are unveiled, and have their photo taken. The dressing room is laid out with all of the team shirts and the guide explains the story behind boths picture of The Queen, one on the wall and one above the door. After a run down the tunnel, its out onto the pitch and the dug outs. Our guide explained that Walter Smith doesn't normally sit in the dug out but prefers to be up in the stand because of the height and camber of the pitch you can't see everything from the dug out.
The best thing about the tour was our guide, he wasn't just there to relay facts and figures, he had some great anecdotes and personal insights to this great club he had been involved with for a long time.
It's not just a great place to visit for a Gers fan, it's a great place to visit for any football fan. So to book a tour check out www.rangers.co.uk then details of the tour can be found under Club tab on the left.
The tours currently run on a Friday and Sunday and are priced at:
Family Group (2 adults and 2 children) £24.50
Additional tours are running over the school October holidays from Wednesday 14th October to Sunday 18th October
Wednesday 14th 11am and 12.30pm
Thursday 15th 11am and 12.30pm
Friday 16th 11am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm
Saturday 17th 11am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm
Sunday 18th 10.30am, 11am, 12.30pm, 1pm, 2.30pm and 3pm
I hope you enjoy your visit as much as I did.
Ibrox Stadium is located on the South Side of the River Clyde, in the Govan aream and is home of Glasgow Rangers football club. The stadium has been refurbished many times and since its start in 1902 and now holds 51,900 in its all seater stadium.
It also holds the highest league attendance ever against the teams arch rivals Celtic, a match watched by 118.567 in January 1939.
Tickets are priced aroun £22 for an adult to league games however if you are not a season ticket holder you have little chance of getting a ticket to any Old Firm game held here.
The stadium usually has over 48,000 at all league matches and is constantly sold out on european nights.
Plans to expand the stadium have been in place for the last few years, with a new super-casino planned to be connected to the stadium and the whole area around it would also be redevloped with a new 5star hotel.
However the Main stand, now named The Bill Struth stand would have to remain in place due to its category B historical rating.
As a season ticket holder i have taken part in card displays on European nights to push the team on to victory.Also atmospheres on these nights is amazing.
Atmosphere would be better if the 4 stands were connected and were not open at the corners like they are at present.
The stadium would benefit with these corners being filled with seats however this would prove very costly and most likely out of reach in the coming years.
The stadium itself has a 5 star uefa stadia rating, the highest award available and is along with Hampden as the only Scottish stadia to have been awarded this.
The stadium also holds tours where the trophy room can be viewed and so can the changing rooms, something fans should attempt to do if near the stadium on non match days, and for around £10 is very good.
Hospitality can also be taken at the stadium but starts at around £130 so can be quite expensive.
Access to the stadium is very easy, as the underground tube stops about 30 seconds away from the stadium and Ibrox also has its own parking which costs about £7 a match or you can leave it near the Springfield Quay and walk over easy enough.
Mutual football fans should try and attempt the stadium if they can and sample the great atmosphere and stadium which makes Ibrox one of the best stadiums in Britain.
Well being a Glasgow Rangers season Ticket holder I feel the smart card idea is a great idea, for those who do not know what Smart cards are, they are the same size as a credit card and they store your seating details for the Stadium which allows you quick and easy access into the stadium before games on matchdays. The Smartcards are easy to use and I find them more useful and easy to carry compared to the dreaded tickets where you can accidentally remove the ticket stub when its in your pocket. All you have to do is put your card up against the scanner in the turnstile and it will allow you entry to the ground. The Only bad thing I can think of about the smartcard is.... About a month ago due to a power failure nearly 10,000 fans were stranded outside the stadium due to the turnstiles not being activated, however this could have been rectified with stewards scanning the tickets manually. Tickets can be purchased from the Rangers credit card hotline, I believe some Rangers superstores sell them also and finally you can now buy online at the Rangers Official website. Tickets for the SPL games range from around £18-£22 for Ibrox with some Boxes available for Hospitality packages, these hospitality pages are available from £80 per person. For a whole season as a season ticket holder at Ibrox I am paying £405 for my seat which only includes my league games meaning you have to pay to see cup games and European games. There is usually a waiting list for season tickets for Ibrox so if you put your name in the list you shall get a call when a suitable seat becomes free. Luckily I didnt have to wait for my ticket and I am very satisfied with where I am situated within the ground. After the game for those who wish to meet the players you can wait for them at the Rangers car park situated across the road from the main stand on Edminston Drive although some players leave via the Broomloan stand. Should you card be lost/stolen or broken you ma
y ask Rangers for a replacement card, this means Rangers can block the card that is missing and activate the new card. A replacement card will cost you approximately £15. Ibrox itself has a ground capacity of approximately 50,500 although the actual crowd size is less due to the away fan segregation(although I read that plans to increase the stadium size are underway). Tickets can be purchased for most games despite many fans being put on the waiting list for a season ticket and Ibrox also has an area in the Broomloan stand which is specifically for families. The only down part about the family season tickets is that they miss the Celtic games because that whole stand is full of Away fans. As many people may know there has been 3 Ibrox disasters in which many people died, the most famous being back in 1971 at Staircase 13. The staircase itself has long since gone and is now replaced by the Rangers superstore which is a great place to buy memorabilia. Also in memory of those who died in the disasters is a statue of a former Rangers great(Voted Greatest Ever Ranger) John Greig who was club captain back in '71. Below the statue is a plaque with the names of some of the victims. The atmosphere within the ground has died off a bit since the league title left Ibrox for the gloomier area of Parkhead but hopefully it shall return very soon :-) . Also one final point. At half time during matches you usually get a former Rangers player to present a £3000 cash prize to a lottery ticket winner at Ibrox(the proceeds of the lottery goto Rangers Youth Development) and tonight it was none other than Paul Gascoigne!, this goes to show that Rangers simply are the best.
I love Ibrox! The stadium is easily accessable by car, being just off the M8, or by public transport, both the bus and the underground stop nearby. There is plenty of accessable parking, and for a fee of around £7, you can leave your car in a supervised carpark. However if you are braver, and you can trust the locals(lol)you can find plenty of parking in the streets around the ground. The prescence of the traffic police also ensure that departure from the site after the game is not too prolonged. When I first ever saw Ibrox I thought, WOW!!! The main stand is a listed, redbrick building and is very impressive. Opposite, all-weather grounds offer local playing and that can be amusing to watch in the build up to the big game. If you arrive early you may even meet a superstar or two. They tend to park behind the broomloan stand(furthest from Ibrox station). The players are always approachable, and willing to sign autographs and have photo's taken. The facilities outside the stadium are good, with numerous burger trucks dotted about. You will also see street traders selling amusing and not quite kosher goods. In the corner of the Govan and Copeland stands you will find the Superstore, which sells all the offical merchandise. As you are walking up to it though you can see the bricks that supporters have bought and had inscribed. Before entering the stadium you will also notice a statue of John Greig. This is a memorial to all who died in the Ibrox disaster! Inside, again the facilities are plentiful, with snack bars, and betting shops. The toilets are always clean and tidy. The stadium itself, inside, is amazing. The atmosphere begins to build prior to the match with the large, corner screens providing videos of both music and previous Ranger's games, and Broxi bear is always present to entertain the kids. On a sunday afternoon there are guided tours through the inside of the s
tadium, which takes in plaecs such as the trophy room, and the player's changing rooms to name but a few. This however is only on when there is no sunday game and needs to be booked in advance. The atmosphere from the 50,00+ crowds at the match is second to none, with the flags, banners and chants making the stands a colourful and noisy place to be. A family section is placed in the upper tier of the Broomloan stand, and is stewarded very well, as is the stadium as a whole. Well worth a visit and probably the best Stadia that I have been to!
there is one thing that ibrox has that celtic park doesnt, luxury. altough celtic park is bigger it doesnt look halfway as good as ibrox. celtic park was built on the cheap and thats why it has such a large capacity. celtic park should also install a free shower system outside so all their stinky fans can get washed . when u look at ibrox u see quality and taste, the vibrant blue seats seem to overpower the green grass . when u look at parkhead you automatically get the impression that it is stinking
I have only seen one match at Ibrox and I have to admit that it was one of the best and noisiest atmospheres I have ever experienced inside a football ground. The game was against St Johnstone in the Scottish Premier League (about 4 years ago now), Rangers won 3-2 and the worst thing was that I was not allowed in the away seats (as I hadn't bought a ticket in advance), so I had to sit in the upper tier of the same stand and conceal my allegiance when St Johnstone scored! It surprised me mainly because this was a game that Rangers expected to win, as they do against pretty much every team in Scotland apart from Celtic, yet way more than 40000 people turned up to roar the team on. Then again, it's probably no wonder that they're in fine fettle when you consider the surroundings, as Ibrox truly a fine example of how good grounds can be. It is easily accessible by road, with sufficient parking in surrounding areas, and there is plenty of room outside the stadium to mill around and admire the view whilst fighting off the street vendors trying to sell you the latest orange and blue scarf. For most matches you are able to buy tickets on the day, mine cost 16 pounds then so I imagine the price has increased somewhat in the meantime, and the noise hits you as soon as you go through the turnstile and buy your programme on the concourse. This is where you can indulge yourself at the refreshment stalls - you can get the usual football fare of burgers and the classic round pie filled with unnamed grey meat and drowned in brown sauce, or you can treat yourself to a carton of Bluenose Pakora, the official Rangers snack! Very tasty too... You then ascend the broad stairs to the seated tiers in the stand, and you are greeted with a very imposing sight indeed. The two main stands down the sides of the pitch tower high, packed to the rafters with row upon row of blue-clad fans and flanked by the distinctive stairwells in the corners. In
the far corner of the ground there is a massive screen, which plays highlights of recent games, shows interviews with players and backroom staff and then just before kick-off you can see a cringe-inducing video for the Tina Turner song 'Simply the Best' (the one where she morphs, somewhat disturbingly, into a horse) and the entire crowd sings along with it. The end stands are also two-tiered, and the fact that there is only a very small gap between the end and side stands means that the noise seems to swirl round and round inside the stadium, and does not escape out of the ends as it does in some grounds! Your view is also unobstructed by floodlight pylons as the lights are mounted on the front of the roof of the stand, which is always a bonus. Perhaps the only problem is the extreme level of partisanship and patriotism that is displayed at every match - even against harmless opponents such as St Johnstone, the Orange Order flags and Hands of Ulster were on prominent display, and the entire ground joined in to sing 'We are the Protestant Boys'. Now while I appreciate the historical background to this and I am aware of the animosity between Rangers and Celtic, I totally failed to see the point of such religious posturing at a football match, let alone one against St Johnstone. That is my only criticism, however, and is not really a problem with the stadium as such, but more to do with the social and cultural history of the area. That aside, Ibrox is an excellent ground which continually enjoys some of the highest attendance in Scottish football, and the atmosphere is something to be savoured.
Ibrox is of course the home of Rangers FC and has to be one of the neatest, well kept and generaly pleasent stadiums in the country. Access is reasonably easy but I'd still recommend that you wither take the bus or train since the traffic after the game can get very slow. If you must use the car then you really won't have a huge problem parking. There are loads of spaces in the surrounding areas streets but make sure that you get there early to get the best ones. The stadium itself is very accessable and leaving and the end of a match isn't as much of a struggle as you'd think for such a sbig club. THe two huge staircases on the sides of themain stand ensures this for me. Ibrox doesn't lack facilities and these are all kept in good condidtions. The snack shops aren't as busy as many of the other grounds I have visited and when there are sizeable queues they are usually fast flowing. Overall then a veyr pleasent way to spend an afternoon, unless Rangers get beat.