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- Hampden Stadium
Glaswegians are passionate about football. It was Bill Shankly who said "Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I don't like that attitude. I can assure them it is much more serious than that". So it is surprising that the Scottish National Stadium, the stage for many international matches, is also used on Saturdays by Queen's Park, a Third Division club (and the only amateur team in the Scottish League).
On April 17, 1937, Hampden created the European record for attendance at a football match - 149,547. Scotland were playing England and, until 1950, this was a world record. Of course, in recent years, the stadium has been modernised and instead of the vast numbers of fans standing on the terracing, creating the famous "Hampden Roar", everyone is now seated, reducing the capacity to 52,000.
In addition to being used for soccer, the ground is also home to the Scottish Claymores who play American football in a small European league which culminates in the "World Bowl."
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