Murrayfield is a sports stadium in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, and is the home of Scottish Rugby Union. It once held the record for the largest ever attendance for a rugby union match, with 104,000 watching Scotland play Wales in 1975. At present its all-seater capacity is 67,800, making it the largest stadium in Scotland, the home of Scottish rugby union.
Murrayfield is located in the west-end of Edinburgh, just off Corstorphine Road, right next door to the Murrayfield Ice Rink, and close to the Edinburgh Zoo. It is named after the area of Edinburgh it is located in, Murrayfield. It has good public transport links, being particularly well-served by bus links along the Corstorphine Road.
However, its nearest railway station is Haymarket, which is a 10-15 minute walk from the stadium. The SFU bought some land and built the first Murrayfield which was opened on 21 March 1925. Previously internationals had been played at Inverleith. The first visitors were England, whom Scotland beat to win their first Five Nations Championship Grand Slam.
Currently Murrayfield is used for most Scottish international rugby union matches, with all Scotland’s Six Nations home games being played here. The stadium also hosts Edinburgh Rugby, one of Scotland’s two professional sides in the Magners League that also features teams from Ireland and Wales. (For Magners League matches, only the lower tier of the West Stand is typically used.)
Since 2007, Murrayfield has hosted the Edinburgh 7s, the final event in the annual IRB Sevens World Series in rugby sevens. Murrayfield has also host select matches from the 2007 Rugby World Cup. The stadium also hosted the Heineken Cup Final in 2005, when Toulouse beat Stade Francais from Paris by 18 points to 12, and will host the final again in 2009.
- Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH12 5PJ.
- Club Website: edinburghrugby.org
- Capacity of 67,800