Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh is a sports stadium that is located at the west end of the city of Edinburgh in Scotland, next door to the Murrayfield Ice Stadium and close to Edinburgh Zoo The stadium has in excess of sixty seven thousand seats and has a the largest, permanent, big screen in the country. Murrayfield Stadium is the biggest stadium in Scotland and in the United Kingdom as a whole. The stadium is named after the area of Edinburgh in which it is situated.
The first international rugby match ever, was played at Raeburn Place in Edinburgh in March1871. The Murrayfield is home to Scotland’s Scottish Rugby Union, founded in March 1873 at the Glasgow Academy, Scotland’s oldest fully independent school and eight football clubs were represented at the foundation. The Union is the governing body of rugby union football and the second oldest such organisation in the United Kingdom. Nowadays the Scottish Union’s governing body is one of the ten first tier member nations of the International Rugby Board or IRB – of which the Scottish Rugby Union, along with Ireland and Wales, was a founding member in 1886.
For people who want to visit the stadium or attend matches, there are good transport links from all areas of the city to Murrayfield; the nearest railway station is the Haymarket, about a mile away from the stadium itself. During the Second World War the stadium was used as an army supply depot but during that time the armed forces also arranged two Scotland versus England service matches every year. Floodlights were installed for the first time in the Murrayfield Stadium in 1994 as part of a fifty million pound development programme.
Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh is primarily used as a venue for rugby union football matches and plays host to the majority of Scotland’s home matches and also includes the Scottish Hydro Electric Club final and the Magners League and Heineken club matches. While the stadium is primarily a place where teams play rugby union football, it has also hosted American football, rugby league and Association football matches. The stadium has also hosted music concerts the most famous of which was the Edinburgh 50,000, the final push concert and a part of Live 8.
The Murrayfield Stadium is the venue for most Scottish rugby union football matches with all Six Nations home games played there. The Murrayfield Stadium also hosts Association football matches, the first of which took place in 2004 and in 2006 the Heart of Midlothian football club opted to use the stadium as the base for their 2006/7 season of their European campaign. Since that time more clubs have played at the Murrayfield Stadium and Hearts Midlothian hosted a friendly with FC Barcelona in 2007 and played to a crowd of more than 58,000. Since its foundation at the Glasgow Academy, rugby union football has been one of Scotland’s favourite sports and the annually the national side competes in the World Cup and Six Nations Championship games.