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Ibrox Stadium

Home to one of the most popular teams in Scottish football history. 


The first match that was played at Ibrox stadium, the home of Rangers Football Club, was against Heart of Midlothian in December 1899. 

Ibrox underwent significant redevelopment in 1928, which saw the construction of the iconic red-brick grandstand, designed by Archibald Leitch. At that point, the stadium could hold more than 80,000 fans, but was further enlarged during the 1930s with expansions of the terraces.

Ibrox achieved its record attendance in 1939 when 118,567 supporters attended the “Old Firm” match against Celtic. Few changes were made to the stadium in the decades that followed. Tragedy struck Ibrox in 1971, when 66 people were killed during a crushing incident after fans exited the stadium and a barrier collapsed. Back in those days, it was a regular occurrence that you would be packed tightly together at football matches across the country. This tragic incident resulted in the gradual conversion of the stadium into an all-seater. The stadium now holds 50,817 loyal fans.

Within Ibrox, visitors can also find the Ibrox trophy room. The story of this room filled with soccer treasures dates back to 1959 and includes memorabilia from football rivals across the world. 

Know Before You Go

Match tickets can be purchased online prior to the games. Some matches, especially against Celtic or bigger European opponents, are only available to season ticket holders. Stadium tours can also be arranged on non-match days. The Founders trail provides an even more in-depth history of the club via a bus tour around Glasgow. 

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