Star athletes competing in Glasgow ahead of the XX Commonwealth Games

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In just under six weeks, the venues of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will be filled with the cacophony of eager spectators cheering on their home nations. Just two weeks before though, some of the world’s biggest sporting stars will be taking to the track in the run up to the big event. Whether you’re attending the Commonwealth Games or not, you can enjoy a sneak preview of the electric atmosphere of Glasgow 2014 at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix on 11 – 12 July.

The prestigious IAAF Diamond League event, the ninth meet this year so far after cities like Shanghai, Rome, Oslo, New York and Paris, will take place in the recently remodelled Hampden Park Stadium in the heart of Glasgow. The stadium will be the venue for the athletics events at the Games, boasting a new state-of-the-art track surface.


It’s also the first time the prestigious event will take place in Glasgow, and its already attracting some of the best athletes in the world right now. Just some of the confirmed faces are London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah and Jamaican Olympic silver medallist 100 m and 200 m sprinter Yohan Blake.

You can also cheer on local hero Eilidh Child, and her Team GB athletes Christine Ohuruogu and Greg Rutherford. They’ll also be appearances from Adam Gemili, Richard Kilty, Jessica Judd, Libby Clegg and Kim Collins amongst others.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your sporting fix and experience a taste of the XX Commonwealth Games before they arrive in Glasgow by watching champion athletes from around the world compete in a Games venue.

Sound good? Tickets start priced £33. For a limited time only, get a free child’s ticket with every adult ticket. For more information and to book your tickets, visit the British Athletics website.

Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake is set to appear at the Diamond League meet in Glasgow in July

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David Walsh

David is a Media Editor at VisitScotland. You'll most likely find him vagabonding around Scotland with a camera in hand; that or a dram of the finest single malt.