A view of Celtic Park under redevelopment in 1997, looking east. At this stage the North Stand had been completed and a temporary West Stand erected (left).
Expatriate businessman Fergus McCann took control of Glasgow Celtic FC in March 1994, ousting a board of directors which included members with long family connections to the club. Stadium redevelopment began in October 1994 and only the South Stand escaped demolition. The North Stand is over twice the height of the Main Stand opposite, with seats for 26,971 fans as well as eighteen executive boxes and a restaurant. The East Stand (also known as The Lisbon Lions Stand) incorporates a twenty-four boxes between its two tiers and was completed in 1996.
Further developments followed, with the temporary stand being replaced by the Jock Stein Stand in 1998 and the corners on each side of the South Stand filled with smaller stands. The seating capacity increased to over 60,000, greater than any other stadium in the city. Away fans are traditionally allocated the lower corner of the East Stand.
Reference: Heatherbank Museum of Social Work, print 6606
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow Caledonian University, Research Collections, Heatherbank Museum of Social Work
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