Murrayfield Stadium (officially BT Murrayfield Stadium, but usually referred to as simply "Murrayfield") is the largest stadium in Scotland. It is located in the west end of Edinburgh, a short drive from Princes Street and Haymarket Station. As well as having an all-seater capacity of 67,144, it houses the largest permanent “big screens” in Scotland and a series of conference and hospitality suites.
Training session outside Murrayfield Stadium — Photo courtesy of Michael Ely
Murrayfield is primarily a sporting venue. It's the home of the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) and the main venue for Scotland's home test matches,. Murrayfield also hosts the Edinburgh Sevens, the Scottish Hydro Electric Cup final, Pro12 and Heineken matches.
However, Murrayfield has also hosted American football matches, rugby league matches and association football (soccer) matches.
The first match played at the original stadium in 1925 was the final of the Five Nations Championship Grand Slam, in which Scotland defeated the “auld enemy” (England). Since then, the grounds have been expanded numerous times. Under-soil heating (to help cope with the sometimes inclement Scottish weather), electric scoreboards, floodlighting and giant screens have all been added, and a hybrid grass pitch installed.
The Murrayfield Experience offers a variety of luxury packages for those who want to enjoy sporting events with friends or to entertain clients and prospective customers. Ten executive boxes in the northwest of the stadium afford excellent views of the pitch and exclusive match day hospitality can include fine dining as well as a chance to meet the players.
Murrayfield has also been used as a concert venue, most notably by The Rolling Stones, Texas, James Brown, Oasis, Madonna and One Direction. It was also the venue for the final Live 8 concert.
The stadium is the largest conference and gala venue in Edinburgh, with 15,000 square meters of exhibition space and free parking for 1,000 cars in addition to expansive outdoor facilities.
The West Stand is comprised of the Thistle and President’s suites, which can each accommodate 500 visitors complete with private catering. The adjoining 1925 suites cater to groups of between 10 and 90, and flexible exhibition, conference and dining space is offered by the Rowan Suites.
The newly built Edinburgh Tram system stops close to the stadium, but for wider access to the stadium from around the capital, the Lothian Regional Transport buses offer the greatest choice. The stadium is easily reachable by taxi, but trying to hail a cab home after a match or event is nigh on impossible. So book ahead or make other plans.