The enormous building maintenance costs for Celtic Park


Over the years I’ve gone on about the cost of running a football club the size of Celtic.  Before you start to employ a footballer, coach, or someone to put the cones out at training, you’ll be pushed to spend less than £17m.  If you want to have appropriate resources in place, you’re going to spend more than this.

The club spend a lot of money each year on building maintenance at Celtic Park (have a guess?).  The fabric of the building, plumbing, painting the steps, fixing the locks, ensuring electrics and heating systems are safe, costs a small fortune at a stadium that size.

There is a tendency to think of Celtic Park as ‘new’, but it’s not.  It recently entered its third decade, and like any building that age, with large areas exposed to the elements, it requires a continuous programme of renewal and repair.

Structural damage can happen to any building during a storm, it’s not necessarily a sign the building’s been under-maintained or is otherwise dangerous.  But when parts of the roof hang free over the heads of spectators, as happened at Ibrox last night, lots of things need to be checked.  Starting with the maintenance records.

My preference would be that games are cancelled during high winds.  Better safe than sorry.

Annual building maintenance cost of Celtic Park is £800k (not counting Lennoxtown or the Superstore).  That’s a lot of money to find, if you were scrapping by on emergency loans.

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  1. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    Pfft! sick of all this pettyness, entrenched intransigent views, scoring childish points, and repeating the same arguments over and over………… I’m going to watch the commons debate on bombing Syria…………. Oh, wait a minute!

  2. What has to be established is…how wide is the cheating ? For all we know…we could be roasting the huns on the spit, year in, year out…then it comes out that, Celtic knew about it and…looked away ? What then ? I’ll always go back to what Hugh Adams(RIP) said that, he couldn’t understand all the criticism that the Celtic board got for not spending money, especially with the – financial heavyweights – that Celtic have on their board ? Financial heavyweights….dont….get kidded by folk like, David Murray.

  3. Joe Filippis Haircut on 2nd December 2015 12:20 pm




    The above post was for you Joe – sorry about the mix-up.



  4. Stadia maintenance



    is this not the 2nd or 3rd time metal has attemted to smite hundom lol


    what are H&S doing about it?


    do we have to wait until injury or even worse death,i really hope not.



    Embra mik liked those gags bout new tacks and her majesties roof cladders:-)




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  6. PAUL 67 .



    If badly maintained stadiums aren’t your thing avoid Italy ( Rubentus and Carpi excluded ) .



    Third on the list of reasons why people choose not to attend football matches in Italy . ( after Corruption and Violence )

  7. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    KEVJUNGLE. Who knows if Celtic were involved or not although we dont like to consider it maybe they did know but it suited them to keep quiet. Thats why it all needs to be sorted out and a level playing field for all established. H.H.

  8. Ipox is prime retail location…..they will knock it down soon.


    Bulldozers within three years.


    The ultimate demise.





  9. AN TEARMANN on 2ND DECEMBER 2015 12:19 PM



    wee question(s)



    -Mash gives a £5m loan


    -Mash asks for it back.


    -shareholder via resolution reject paying it back at an AGM


    -Mash then calls an EGM to get his dosh


    -EGM resolution is rejected


    so on 2 occasions he asked the shareholders and was rejected








    last friday at this years(gazeboless) AGM


    king announces £5m to be paid back.



    1.would payback not have to go before shareholders via a resolution?


    2.Is the fact rifc are delisted mean rules and etiquette of AGM/EGM are ignored?


    3.Are there any interest payments/penalty clauses associated with payment/non payment of £5m



    jussswunnerinCsc :-)




  10. Joe Filippis Haircut on 2nd December 2015 12:43 pm




    I hope it works out that way Joe, we all do.


    What if… the huns / SFA / SMSM walk away from all of this and, it’s left to disgusted Celtic fans to quit the game ?


    Who’d care ?


    Celtic would die without the fans.


    But, the fans would be right to walk away.


    If some fans stayed…they’d just be prostituting themselves…sadly.



  11. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    THEGREENMAN. Fella I would love you to be right but there demise has been predicted so often over the past few years.I have now got to the stage I dont think it will happen they will always be around in one form or another. H.H.

  12. Tonydonnelly67 on 2nd December 2015 12:50 pm




    LoL – Hail Hail

  13. An Tearmann on 2nd December 2015 12:48 pm




    Maybe….Celtic have been ‘sitting’ on the Common Wealth Games money, to sub their old firm pals ?


    Canny prove it but,….I can smell it….



  14. JFH



    Ah…there the rub.


    I believe bulldozers at ipox are a real possibility.


    But as you say….The Huns will still be stalking Scoddland.


    Bulldozers would be fun though:)




  15. lennon's passion on

    Don’t care about ibrox. All I want is Celtic to buy 1 no nonsense CH to play alongside Jozo. Would be good to get rid of some of the dead wood but as pointed out yesterday that’s easier said than done.



    Tony D and canalmar you are boring the feck out of me. Youse are 2 lost souls swimming in a fish bowl day after day.

  16. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    THEGREENMAN I think there would be many many Celtic fans there to watch it being pulled down if that were ever to happen. H.H.

  17. The Green Man on 2nd December 2015 12:57 pm




    Hail Hail fella.


    Can ye imagine it, bulldozers ? Ha


    I would put that day up there with Lisbon / 4-2 gemme / Hampden riot / Cheerio 10 in a row in terms of, biblical TIM days.



  18. LENNON’S PASSION on 2ND DECEMBER 2015 12:57 PM


    Don’t care about ibrox. All I want is Celtic to buy 1 no nonsense CH to play alongside Jozo. Would be good to get rid of some of the dead wood but as pointed out yesterday that’s easier said than done.







    Tony D and canalmar you are boring the feck out of me. Youse are 2 lost souls swimming in a fish bowl day after day.



    – See more at:



    Nawwwwwww, that’s awe stopped, AMA good guy noo, it’s you that’s aff yer nut.

  19. Lennons passion



    Agree , we badly need a no nonsense centre half .. 2 ball playing centre halves who can defend are hard to come by when your in the transfer brackets we are searching.



    I’d say the championship in England has a few from the games Iv seen worth a punt.



    Still hoping boyota will turn into a very good defender .. His lack of games and only starting to play alongside jozo means he deserves abut of slack I feel. We’re too quick to slag our own sometimes.

  20. Kevj&JFH



    Once they bulldoze ipox, there will be a big shopping complex….and a R****** Heritage Museum and Car Park.


    The Huns can watch highlights of their cheating history on video screens in the parking bays….then they can go for their shopping.


    Hee, Hee




  21. Cue frantic calls between the North Pole and Shirebrook as Santa’s people clear up his position should he be unable to land on the roof and have to drop in via the car park

  22. The Green Man on 2nd December 2015 1:05 pm




    LoL LoL LoL mhan – Hail Hail


    Wouldn’t it be grand if….Celtic fans chipped-in and, put together an ebt for Chris Sutton to pull out the plug on the video screens ?



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