Property maintenance and stadiums


“If I hadn’t seen such riches, I could live with being poor.”  When Celtic Park hosted the Commonwealth games in 2014, we played Champions League qualifiers at Murrayfield.  It was an eye-opener.  Entrance and egress, catering and shops, space and the feeling of safety and comfort were a level above what I was used to in the at the back row of the North Stand at Celtic Park (since moved).

Last month, I engaged the club on the need to improve the spectator experience, spend some money, be more like Murrayfield.  I received an off the cuff but still detailed response on the millions spent each year to maintain and improve the stadium.

Property maintenance is a continuous job, especially in Scotland for buildings erected in the second half of the 20th century.  If you cut corners, you have a bigger job and a higher price to pay down the road.

Newco are caught in a property renovation bind that could be straight out of an episode of Grand Designs.  “Billy, a tax accountant from Glasgow, is building an eight-bedroom hovering home and has decided to project manage himself.  Billy remembers ordering the steel girders, but the Chinese supplier is no longer answering the phone.”  We are right to mock Billy.

You, me and James have seen such riches.  We want to sit down in a stadium fit for the middle of the 21st century.  What else are we going to do with all those millions?

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  1. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Sevco reminiscent of Celtic in the 80s,the next crisis just around the corner…..

  2. “Billy a tax accountant building a hovering home”



    Now , that’s funny Paul😂

  3. bournesouprecipe on

    R̶2̶g̶e̶r̶s̶ a̶r̶e̶ h̶u̶g̶e̶l̶y̶ d̶i̶s̶a̶p̶p̶o̶i̶n̶t̶e̶d̶



    R2gers are hugely responsible




    and ready before the rangers returm to ibrox ………






    the gift that keeps on giving/

  5. Have a vague memory the last time Ibrox girders hit the back pages , one of the bhoys with appropriate head wear was pictured astride a long girder.



    Expecting my irn bru to be banned at Ipox now

  6. So funny how the bbc manage to have the suggestion that rangers are ‘on top’ of the situation and are taking planned contingency measures.

  7. Tim Malone Will Tell on



    Have a vague memory the last time Ibrox girders hit the back pages , one of the bhoys with appropriate head wear was pictured astride a long girder.




    That would have been “Steely Dan” playing at Ibrox.

  8. @Tim Malone


    They might have engaged the services of Steely Dan if only he hadn’t been called Daniel…

  9. Was Billy’s predecessor (EBT era) not an adult entertainer ?



    So its a bit of a surprise that NewClub is having problems (cough) erecting their steel………..

  10. so,



    Celtic Ladies will continue to play at Airdrie,



    Barrowfield is their training base, alongside the youths.






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  11. GREENPINATA on 21ST JUNE 2024 1:49 PM



    you mentioned the forth bridges, and lifespan, wrt to china steel.



    you do know that the Queenferry crossing was built because the Forth road bridge cables have reached the end of their lifespan ?



    i am finding it kind of funny that the hun blogs have now moved onto the blame state, and that exery project ever done in scotland is late, over budget, poorly designed, and somehow corrupted and indeed any structure using chinese steel will fall down, ie the squinty bridge (it was ok till they bounced over it) and the queensferry.



    according to them the last great british steel was the world class span bought from british steel by sir david murrin international metals, to hold up the club deck.



    wait till they find out it is just rented , they never bought it.




  12. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Good point made in cyberspace yesterday challenging the SMSM.



    To the effect that journalism involves speak to the sacked project manager, getting his or her point of view … then reporting the story fully.



    Will never catch on.

  13. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    BTW – knowing your customers is key for any business.



    It is telling that statements coming out of Sevco routinely allude to the board being furious, enraged, scathing, etc



    Must strike a chord with angry bears who, when ANYTHING goes wrong, ALWAYS believe it’s someone else’s fault.



    Nice, effective move in the short term.



    Requires irretrievable stupidity on the part of the customers of course … no problem there.

  14. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on




    Saint Stivs – respect for sharing perspectives based on actual professional experience in the construction industry.

  15. Afternoon all from Albufeira-Ferreira train station, next stop Lisbon and enjoying a wee beer.



    Train leaves soon and life is good.



    Thought Tom E gave Tony R a decent write up today – balanced and fair.




  16. as an aside.



    the rangers lost 3 games at fortress ibrox last league season.



    maybe their players will enjoy playing at hampden where they are much more succesful




  17. Saint Stivs



    The Forth Bridge main cables have not reached the end of their lifespan, but over time deteriorated due to corrosion of the wires making up the cables. A solution, based on systems used in Japan and elsewhere, involving making the cables airtight and injecting dry air was devised and implemented. Still ongoing under oversight by AECOM seems to have worked, albeit with reduced traffic across the bridge.


    Dont suppose traffic overcapacity over decades helped.

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