Weds 29 Apr 2009
A Stadium To Be Proud Of
IBROX Stadium, home of Rangers Football Club, is the last word in state-of-the-art sports venues and the Club is justly proud of owning one of the leading grounds in the world.
In fact, it is one of only a few in Europe accorded five-star status by UEFA.
But unlike many other football clubs, Rangers have preserved all that is valuable of the old and combined it with the best of the new.
Venture into the stadium and there, among the magnificent all-seater stands, you will find plush executive suites, conference rooms, jumbotron television screens and a superb restaurant open to the public. But step back outside along Edmiston Drive and the sweep of the imposing red brick building presents the visitor with the grandeur of a bygone age.
Enter the front door and you are in a world where the air is heady with tradition. This is the home of legends, where great names of the past live on, up the marble staircase, in the famous Trophy Room and along the panelled walls.
But this is no musty museum. The business of a modern football club is all around.
At the top of that marble staircase is the Manager's Office. On match days, the same buzz of excitement echoes round the corridors - just as it did in the days of such giants of the game as Meiklejohn, Morton and McPhail.
The Trophy Room, opened in 1959, contains all the Club's Scottish League Championship pennants, presided over by a portrait of that great manager Bill Struth. The display cabinets feature vast quantities of silverware, porcelain, crystal and medals. There's even a racing cycle presented to Rangers by the French club Saint-Etienne when the teams met in the European Cup in 1975.
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