Scottish Rugby statement on Scottish football bid

Scottish Rugby issued the following statement following today's decision by the Scottish FA to pursue Hampden as its preferred option to host Scotland and major domestic football matches from 2020.

Scottish Rugby's Chief Operating Officer, Dominic McKay, said: "Scottish Rugby would like to thank the Scottish FA for the opportunity to bid to host future Scotland internationals and cup final matches at BT Murrayfield.

"We submitted a compelling and thorough bid package which we believe would have been excellent for the Scottish FA.

"Our presentation clearly demonstrated the significant benefits of Scotland's largest stadium and how we have worked to develop a quality experience for all visiting fans.

"We are naturally disappointed the opportunity to develop a partnership for a true national stadium for Scotland at BT Murrayfield, which would have enabled the country’s two largest sports to work side by side for the wider benefit of Scottish sport and society, has not been taken.

"Scottish Rugby had the support of some very important partners in developing our bid and would like to thank the City of Edinburgh Council and our numerous sponsors for their backing.

"Throughout this bid process Scottish Rugby has developed an excellent relationship with its friends at the Scottish FA and hope this will continue to allow us to collaborate in the future for the betterment of sport in Scotland.

"We congratulate the Scottish FA and Hampden Park for coming to an agreement and wish them luck as they develop their plans.

"BT Murrayfield is a world-class venue and our exciting vision for its future development will now continue as planned, starting with our Autumn Tests in November.

"Finally, and importantly, a note of thanks to all the Scottish Rugby staff who contributed such excellent work to the bid."