The digital scoreboard enhancement work at Hampden Park has been completed by A&J Fabtech, in Scotland’s national stadium of Glasgow. Hampden Park, Scotland’s national stadium, located in Glasgow, is the second-largest football stadium in Scotland and is one of the top 12 largest stadia in the UK, with a maximum capacity of 51,866. The ground is the home venue of the Scotland national football team and amateur Scottish league club Queen's Park F.C.
The stadium hosts the latter stages of the William Hill Scottish FA Cup and Scottish League Cup competitions, as well as a variety of other events, including music concerts and other sporting competitions, such as rugby and boxing matches, as well as athletics championships and games.
Hampden Park planned the renovation of the video displays and their steel structures, in order to upgrade stadium infrastructure and provide the ultimate game day experience to its fans and visitors, especially in view of the upcoming UEFA EURO 2020. Therefore, Hampden’s management team needed support to quickly build two steel TV structures at each end of the stadium to mount its brand-new LED video displays.
Due to its 40-year experience in fabrications and the installation of industry-leading bespoke steelworks (including scoreboard enhancements for other stadiums across the UK) A&J Fabtech was contacted to complete the project. More precisely, the company was responsible for the fabrication, welding and surface preparation (shotblasting) of two 104 square metre steel TV structures.
The A&J Fabtech team worked hard to punctually deliver the steel structure, which needed to be installed during an extremely tight window between the semi-finals and final of the Scottish Cup. Even though time was a main concern, the project was completed in a timely manner, with works beginning in April 2017 and completed the following month.
A&J Fabtech’s fabrications needed to fit the new, larger video displays and adhere to the customer’s design. To fulfil these requests and provide an optimal structural engineering service, A&J Fabtech closely collaborated with Scottish FA, Daktronics (the world’s leading video board supplier) and UK’s best signage experts Ashleigh Signs, which installed the steelwork. Thanks to this joint effort, the football ground now features two elevated 13HD video boards of 102 square metres each.
In addition, providing a high-quality final product was key to ensure the installation would be performed safely and efficiently, and that no risk would be posed to the fans during any events. A&J Fabtech’s experience made it possible for the steel structure to meet the highest quality standards: the scoreboard frame is CE marked and compliant to BS EN 1090 Execution class 3, which refers to the manufacture of structures made of steel up to strength class S700, and ISO 5817:2014 Level C, that concerns welding acceptance.
Mark Wright, Managing Director at A&J Fabtech, commented: “Highly trained engineers with many years of experience managed this ambitious work and ensured it was delivered to the customers’ needs and their satisfaction. We are proud to have contributed to the renovation of the screens, which greatly improves the in-stadium experience for tens of thousands of fans.”