BT Murrayfield Stadium – the home of Scottish Rugby
BT Murrayfield stadium is the home of Scottish rugby, and houses the offices of the Scottish Rugby Union.
BT Murrayfield, a tremendous hospitality experience, is located in the west end of Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, and near to Murrayfield Ice Rink, Murrayfield Curling Rink, and Edinburgh Zoo.
Walkable from the city centre, people exit the bars and restaurants merging into vast crowds heading for the match.
The walk takes about 10-15 minutes – longer as you near the start of the match and the road gets blocked with thousands tramping towards the ground.
For banter, camaraderie, colour and laughter it is hard to beat, with the reverse happening after the game, albeit losing supporters are in less good humour!
With a capacity of 67,130, BT Murrayfield is used for most Scottish international matches, with all Scotland’s Six Nations home games being played there.
The stadium also hosts Edinburgh Rugby, one of Scotland’s two professional sides in the Guinness Pro 14 that features teams from Ireland, Wales and Italy.
Although mainly a rugby union venue, it has in the past hosted football matches, American football, rugby league and music concerts.
Tina Turner played at BT Murrayfield in 1996 as part of her Wildest Dreams Tour. U2 have performed and so have The Rolling Stones. A highlight came in July 2005 when the venue featured the final Live 8 concert, Edinburgh 50,000 – The Final Push, with performances from the likes of James Brown, Texas and The Proclaimers. Oasis played a sold-out show in 2009 while other artists have included Bon Jovi, Madonna and One Direction.
Murrayfield Experience is the official provider of hospitality and events at BT Murrayfield.
It proclaims: “The only thing better than watching the action live at BT Murrayfield is to watch it live in luxury! Entertain friends or clients with premium seats, superior hospitality and fine dining in luxurious surroundings with the promise of player interaction after the game. Experience the electric atmosphere of BT Murrayfield Stadium live events, enjoy exclusive matchday hospitality and meet the national team after the game.”
In addition to sport it offers facilities for conferences, meetings, dinners, exhibitions, weddings, Christmas and Hogmanay.
The complex dates back to the 1920s and the acquisition of 19 acres of land purchased from the old Edinburgh Polo Club at Murray’s Field for £3,800, the money being raised through debentures, previous internationals having been played at Inverleith.
A stand and three embankments were constructed, which took two years and on March 21, 1925, England – who else could it possibly have been given the rivalry between the two nations – were the first team to visit, with 70,000 people watching Scotland beat them to win their first Five Nations Championship Grand Slam.
BT Murrayfield’s record attendance of 104,000 was set on March 1, 1975 when Scotland defeated Wales 12-10 during the 1975 Five Nations Championship. This attendance stood as a world record until 1999.
There are two tiers of seating on all four sides of the stadium, with the West and East stands running the length of the pitch, and the South and North stands behind the posts.
There is a 100m running track in front of the West stand meaning those seated there are a little further from the action, but there really are no bad seats in the house. The ticket office is located to the rear of the East Stand, and corporate facilities are available in all stands apart from the East. At national games, the Scottish Rugby Union makes a huge effort to create a special atmosphere, with plenty of pre and post-match entertainment.
It is always a brilliant buzz visiting BT Murrayfield – anyone attending the Six Nations in 2019 or the Summer Tests in 2019 can enjoy a first class experience with our VIP hospitality.