Floodlights Since 1995
Home team(s) Edinburgh, Scotland
Other sports Football (Hearts in European matches), Rugby League (Challenge Cup Finals in 2000, 2002), American Football.
Time 08:46, Sat Oct 22, 2016 (UTC +0100)
Notes Major renovations in 1995
Situated in the west-end of Edinburgh, Murrayfield has been the home of Scottish rugby since 1925, and is a one time record holder of the largest attendance for a rugby union match, with 104,000 present to watch Scotland play Wales in 1975.
The thoroughly modern stadium underwent a £50 million refurbishment in 1995, taking its capacity to 67,500. The ground is a tough place to play rugby, with inclement weather conditions often putting paid to the gameplans of visiting teams.
England in particular, have struggled here in recent Six Nations matches. The sassenachs have lost when favourites on numerous occasions, notably 19-13 in 2002, 18-12 in 2006, and 15-9 in 2007.
Murrayfield also has the honourable distinction of hosting matches from three Rugby World Cup tournaments, in 1991, 1999 and 2007.
In 1991 England won their semi-final here against Scotland 6-9, with fullback Gavin Hastings missing a kick in front of the posts. The World Cup of 1999 saw Murrayfield host matches from Pool 1, as well as Scotland's quarter-final, in which the home side were eliminated 30-18 by New Zealand. While in 2007 Scotland thumped Romania 42-0, before themselves being thumped by New Zealand 40-0 in the Pool stages.
The Connor Milligan designed stadium has also hosted football matches, with Heart of Midlothian based here for their European campaign of 2006/07, NFL Europe American football games, and Rugby League fixtures, as well as concerts.
Murrayfield is a brisk 15 minute walk from Edinburgh city centre, and on match days the pre and post-match hospitality centres around the pubs and bars of Rose Street, Thistle Street and the Grassmarket.
Scrum Staff October 2008
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