Kew House is one of the closest accommodations to Murrayfield Rugby Stadium, the home of Scottish rugby and our National stadium. The stadium entrance is less than a ten minute walk which after a stressful match means that guests only have a short walk back to their room after the game avoiding the crowds.
The stadium is owned and run by the Scottish Rugby Union (www.scottishrugby.org) and it is the home of the Scottish National Rugby Union team. In recent years, however it has seen Rugby League (the Heineken Cup), Rugby Sevens, American Football, Scottish Premier football matches and large concerts with the likes of David Bowie, Tina Turner, The Eagles, Oasis and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers to name but a few.
The first Murrayfield match was played on 21st March 1925 when Scotland beat England and went on to win the “Five Nations Grand Slam.” The stadium then had only one wooden covered stand with terraces around the ground but it stood the game in good stead for a number of years. During the Second World War it was offered to the nation and the Royal Army Service Corps used the ground as a storage and supply depot but they still managed to organise two rugby games per year during the war.
It was in 1994 that the Murrayfield we see now was opened at a cost of 50 million pounds and floodlighting was installed for the first time. The all-seated stadium had its capacity slightly reduced recently to 67,130 people allowing the installation of the largest permanent viewing screen in the country. Murrayfield Stadium is the largest in Scotland and the fourth largest in the U.K. though it once held the record for the greatest attendance at a Rugby Union match when 104,000 watched Scotland play Wales in 1975.
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. Despite the line running adjacent to the stadium, its nearest railway station is Haymarket, which is a 1 mile walk from the stadium though a new tram stop is due to be opened just beside it within the next two years.