I got the call in December: Could I arrange a visit to the Jamor National Stadium for a big-time Celtic fan? And could I please keep it a secret? This was a Christmas surprise, you see…
Now, I’m not a huge footie fan myself, but I made some calls to find out. Can Celtic fans just visit the Jamor stadium, especially on May 25th, the anniversary of the big victory over Inter Milan? It turns out, they can. In fact, they’re welcome to!
- Fans need to schedule visits in advance. However, there are no specific days when you can or cannot tour the stadium. The only limitation is other events scheduled at the Stadium. Obviously, if the maintanence team is setting up for a big event, they can’t have a group touring, too.
- There is also a large park next to the National Stadium: the Jamor Urban Park. This park has facilities for all kinds of sporting activies: rock climbing, golf, tennis, etc. Many of these activities are available to the general public. There are also walking/jogging paths throughout the park. The Jamor website has more information about all of these facilities.
This Christmas surprise was a huge success. The visit to the National Stadium was a highlight of the trip. The Jamor Stadium’s director, especially, went out of his way to make sure everyone had a good time.
“He made us feel very welcome…”
The Director was such a pleasant person to deal with. He made us feel very welcome and it was obvious that he was well used to Celtic fans from Scotland visiting the Stadium on 25 May each year – the anniversary of the date when Celtic won the European Cup in 1967.
He made it clear that these visits were very welcome and he spoke with affection about the 3,000 fans who had visited the year before – the 50th anniversary of the Club’s achievement. He talked about how some of the players from 1967 had come along on that visit and that they had brought with them the actual trophy and the commemorative plaque, which is now proudly on display at the Stadium. He was very proud of the replica Celtic football top that he had been presented with on that occasion.
He walked with us up to the running track round the pitch, told us all about the Stadium and said that we were free to walk about and visit any part without any restrictions, along as we didn’t go on the grass! At the end of our visit, he made sure that we had seen everything that we wanted to see and as we were leaving, he wished us well for the rest of our holiday. All in all, he made us very welcome and contributed greatly to our enjoyment of the day.
– Brian, Scotland, 2018
Thank you, Dr. Jorge!
All photos kindly provided by: Brian Henaghen