(L to R): Craig Younger, General Manager for Sodexo at Hampden Park Stadium & Peter Dallas, Managing Director, Hampden Park Ltd.
(L to R): Craig Younger, General Manager for Sodexo at Hampden Park Stadium & Peter Dallas, Managing Director, Hampden Park Ltd.

Hampden Park named Scottish ‘Sports Venue of the Year’

Hampden Park – Scotland’s National stadium in Glasgow, has picked up a third honour in recognition of its first-class hospitality offering.

Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, the stadium’s long-term catering and events partner, collected the ‘Sports Venue of the Year’ award at the Scottish Hospitality Awards 2017.

The accolade follows the venue’s success at the Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2017 – where it received the Matchday Hospitality Awards – Large Stadium honour, and beat off competition from 36 stadia across the UK, to lift the Overall Matchday Hospitality Award.

Established last year, The Scottish Hospitality Awards 2017 celebrate the best in the hospitality industry and welcomed 200 guests to a prize giving dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow.

Venues are nominated by the general public, with the most voted for selected as finalists, before an independent panel of judges selected the winners. Hampden Park secured the accolade against venues including Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium, Celtic Park, Motherwell and Ibrox Stadium.

Craig Younger, General Manager for Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events at Hampden Park Stadium, said: “We’ve had an outstanding 2017 so far and are delighted with this latest win, which offers further recognition that the team’s hard work and dedication to deliver a first-class experience to all guests – whether here for a match-day, private event or conference – has paid off.

“The stadium recently completed a major refurbishment, with new, state-of-the-art events facilities added. This investment has allowed us to increase capacity for private and corporate events and offer more choice to corporate clients.”

Peter Dallas, Managing Director, Hampden Park Ltd. said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won such a prestigious National award with our long-standing catering partner, Sodexo.

“Hampden was competing against several other top sporting venues in the country to win this award, which comes quickly on the back of the stadium’s success at the Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2017 in May. We are particularly pleased our vibrant new Skybox concept has been recognised so quickly and received such positive reviews from our visitors.”

Hampden Park recently underwent a major refurbishment which saw the venue’s 26 executive boxes updated and rebranded as ‘Skyboxes’ to reflect their envious vantage point over the famous Hampden Pitch. The North Stand lounge was also transformed in to a modern events space and renamed the ‘Skylounge’, providing a brand new area for private and coporate bookings.