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  • Celtic Park, Glasgow, venue for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games (© James Carney/ Glasgow Image Bank)
    Celtic Park, Glasgow (© James Carney/ Glasgow Image Bank)
  • Exterior of the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome (© James Carney/ Glasgow Image Bank)
    The Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome (© James Carney/ Glasgow Image Bank)
  • Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, home to Rangers Football Club © Edwin Moore
    Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow © Edwin Moore
  • An artist's impression of the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park
    The Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park
  • An artists' impression of what the cycling action will look like at Glasgow 2014 in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
    Action in the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

Glasgow boasts a rich sporting heritage. As well as two world-famous football teams Celtic and Rangers, and Scotland’s only professional basketball team the Glasgow Rocks, the city is also home to the national football stadium and one of Scotland’s two rugby union teams, the Glasgow Warriors. For further information about the venues, visit the Glasgow 2014 website.

Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

Emirates Arena

The custom built Emirates Arena is one of the largest facilities of its kind in Europe and will provide a dramatic setting for the Badminton competition. The Arena has a 200 metre, 6 lane athletics track which is hydraulically operated to allow for other events, such as badminton, to be held.

The complex includes new fitness and health suites, external multi-court areas and seating for up to 5,000 spectators. The arena is also a national training centre for athletics, basketball, netball, track cycling and volleyball.

  • This Emirates Arena will host the badminton competitions between 24 July - 3 August.

Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

The 250 m track, designed by one of the foremost track designers Ralph Shuermann, will play host to one of Scotland’s most high-octane sports. Named for Sir Chris Hoy, Team GB's most successful Olympic gold-medallist and Scottish Commonwealth Games champion, the track itself sure to cement his legacy; both during the Games and as the future home of Scottish cycling.

The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome has capacity for 2,000 seats and 500 standing spectators, which will be increased to 4,000 seats at Games time.

  • This venue will host the track cycling events between 24 - 27 July.

Tollcross International Swimming Centre

Tollcross International Swimming Centre

Following a massive refurbishment project the Tollcross International Swimming Centre has had its original 50 m, 10-lane pool extended and upgraded to include a new 50 m, six-lane warm up and training pool, ensuring world-class facilities for the Games.

The centre will also provide permanent training and leisure facilities for future elite athletes and the local community alike. The venue will have capacity for 5,000 spectators throughout the games.

  • This venue will host the swimming events between 24 - 29 July.

Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre Precinct

The SECC Precinct will form the largest campus of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. A buzzing atmosphere is expected as the precinct will host the competitions for six sports.

The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre

Located on the banks of the River Clyde, the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre is one of Scotland’s most visited venues. The Centre provides a wide range of conference and exhibition facilities along with a 4-star hotel all under one roof. It will also be the home of the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

  • The SECC's main exhibition halls will host the boxing competition on 25 - 30 July and 1 - 2 August, judo between 24 - 26 July, netball preliminaries from 24 - 30 July and wrestling between 29 - 31 July.

Clyde Auditorium

The precinct is also home to the famous Clyde Auditorium, affectionately known as the ‘Armadillo’ due to its overlapping, shell-like structure. This purpose built conference centre offers 3,000 seats over three levels.

The Hydro

The SSE Hydro has been designed by internationally-renowned architect Sir Norman Foster to ensure that its amphitheatre-style arena is perfect for the sports programme. The Hydro will seat 12,000 and will be the largest entertainments venue in Scotland.  and will be the only one of its scale in the UK built specifically for concerts, and special events.

  • The Hydro will play host to the gymnastics (artistic and rhythmic) from 24 -26 July and 28 July - 1 August and the netball finals between 31 July - 3 August.

Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool

There will also be some events that are held further afield at satellite venues. Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool was designed in 1967 for the Edinburgh 1970 Commonwealth Games and it was used again for Edinburgh 1986. The recent £37m refurbishment programme saw the building stripped back to the bare shell and rebuilt retaining all of the listed features. The development included the upgrade of the diving pool to meet international standards and has revitalised this light and airy 1960s building giving it a brand new lease of life.

  • Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool will host the diving competitions between 30 July - 2 August.

Hampden Park

Hampden Park, the home of Scottish football, has been refurbished especially for Glasgow 2014. Plans include raising its pitch by 1.9 metres, transforming it into an international standard centre for field and track sports. The stadium will hold around 44,000 spectators and will be the site of the spectacular closing ceremony of the XX Commonealth Games.

Celtic Park

On 23 July 2014, athletes from throughout the Commonwealth community will fill Celtic Park, home to the famous Celtic Football Club, for the electric Opening Ceremony which will officially begin 11 days of elite sporting competition.

Highlights of the ceremony include the Games’ opening by the Head of the Commonwealth, the Parade of Nations by the 4,500 athletes and their teams and the Queen’s Baton Relay, which ends its epic journey across the 71 Commonwealth nations and territories.

  • Celtic Park will host the Opening Ceremony of the XX Commonwealth Games on 23 July.

Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails

Located in Glasgow’s Southside, only 15 minutes from the Athletes' Village, the Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails is a fantastic purpose-built cross-country mountain bike course. The trails have been created in collaboration with internationally renowned mountain bike course designers. The venue makes the most of the wooded terrain and steep slopes by providing a challenging course for riders, while open spaces provide spectators with spectacular vistas of Glasgow.

  • The Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails will host the mountain bike competitions on 29 July.

Glasgow National Hockey Centre

With two synthetic pitches and 5,000 spectator seats for the duration of the Commonwealth Games, the Glasgow National Hockey Centre has been specially designed for the competition and is located within Glasgow Green, the city's oldest public park.

By the River Clyde, and within walking distance from city centre the park is also home to Glasgow Green Football Centre as well as the People’s Palace which is the city's social history museum and the Winter Gardens where an exotic collection of plants and shrubs are on display.

  • The hockey events will take place between Thursday 24 and Sunday 11 July with 20 teams competing for two gold titles. Glasgow Green will also host the start and finish points of the marathon, road cycling and time trial events.

Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre

Against the stunning backdrop of the sandstone Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the Victorian edifiace of Glasgow University, the centre provides a glorious setting for watching this strategic sport.

Located in the fashionable west end of Glasgow Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre is of international standard, has five bowling greens and will seat 2,500 spectators during the Commonwealth Games.

  • The lawn bowls competition will see atheletes compete for eight gold medals at events from Thursday 24 July to Friday 01 August.

Ibrox Stadium

Ibrox lies south-west of Glasgow city centre on the south bank of the River Clyde and has been home to Rangers Football Club since 1899.

The stadium has a capacity of over 50,000 and public tours of the site are available where visitors can see the home-side dressing room, the trophy room and the famous marble staircase.

Barry Buddon Shooting Centre, Carnoustie

Set amid the dramatic scenery of the Angus coast, this international shooting centre is situated on a 950 hectare site close to the world-famous Carnoustie Golf Links course.
The site has been used as a military training centre and the Ministry of Defence still use it today. It was also used for the shooting competition during the 1986 Commonwealth Games which were held in Edinburgh and is an important habitat for wildlife.

  • All events within the shooting competition will takes place at the Barry Buddon centre between 25 - 29 July. Disciplines including 10 m air rifle, 25 m rapid fire pistol and the double trap.

Scotstoun Sports Campus

Scotstoun is a multi-sport campus in Glasgow features extensive fitness facilities and houses the National Badminton Academy, Scotstoun Stadium and an indoor tennis centre. The stadium has been the official home of Glasgow Warriors rugby team since 2012.

Recently refurbished, it now includes a squash and racquetball centre with six new permanent squash courts which can be used for both doubles and singles matches. Spectators can also enjoy the action from the glass-walled show court.

  • The campus will host the squash competition between 24 July - 3 August, as well as the table tennis competiton, across two show courts and eight match courts between 24 July - 2 August.

Strathclyde Country Park

Strathclyde Country Park is a 400 hectare site in the Clyde Valley and one of Scotland’s leading outdoor recreation centres.

Situated on the south-eastern between junctions five and six of the M74 motorway in North Lanarkshire, the park is a popular destination for walkers, cyclists and watersports enthusiasts and includes a mix of woodlands, wetlands and open parkland. It is also home to an array of wildlife including over 150 different species of wild animals and birds.

  • The triathlon competition takes place on 24 July, with Strathclyde Loch being used for the swimming section. The cycling and running stages will take place on the surrounding road and path network.
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