Glasgow Warriors have announced that they are terminating their agreement with Partick Thistle Football Club to play their home games at Firhill. The Warriors will end their association with Firhill at the end of June 2012, with the Rugby Union side centralising their operations at Scotstoun showground.
Glasgow Warriors Chief Executive Kenny Baillie said: “The move to Scotstoun Stadium represents a fantastic opportunity for Glasgow Warriors and we’re delighted to be able to confirm this news.
“First and foremost, on behalf of Glasgow Warriors and Scottish Rugby, I’d like to thank Partick Thistle for the excellent working relationship we have enjoyed with them since 2007. We look forward to seeing out the rest of this season at Firhill, before progressing to the next exciting chapter in the Glasgow Warriors story.”
However Partick Thistle Club Chairman David Beattie told the official club website: “We are disappointed with this news, but understand the Warriors’ wish to base their operation entirely at Scotstoun. It’s been a delight to have them here at Firhill and we wish them all the very best for the future.”
Thistle fans are disappointed at the news of the Warriors pulling out of Firhill, with one fan worrying about the future: “[The news] could be very significant. The club was expecting that income for up to five years. The Chairman was asked about the rumours last week and he said he knew nothing about it and hadn’t heard from the Warriors.”
With many clubs in the Scottish game struggling with their financial well-being, Partick Thistle will now need to look at other avenues of revenue to make up for their shortfall.