With the Commonwealth Games kicking off in style on Wednesday, we've put together a venue guide so whether you're heading up there with your ticket or watching on T.V, you can appreciate the Scottish heritage present in each event.
1. Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails
The Cathkin bike trials located to the city’s south side and only 15 minutes from the athletes village will be home to the mountain bike events during the Commonwealth games. The venue has varied terrains providing a challenging course for the riders. Some of the key features of the course have been named by local young people and include the likes of Brig O’doom, Broken Biscuits and in honour of the river and Commonwealth mascot, Clyde Climb.
2. Celtic Park
Home to Celtic football club and located next door to the athletes village, Celtic Park will hold the opening ceremony on the 23rd July. The event will see the like of Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle along with many other musicians to kick off this spectacular event.
3. Glasgow National Hockey Centre
Situated on Glasgow green, one of the city’s oldest public parks, the newly built national hockey centre will hold the hockey events during the Commonwealth games. The build was designed especially to host the Glasgow 2014 hockey competition but will also be used for other major events such as the Commonwealth games.
4. Hampden Park
One of the world’s largest stadiums, Hampden park will host the track and field competitions as well as the closing ceremony. The playing surface is to be raised 1.9m to transform the football pitch into an international standard track and field facility. On the 3rd August the games comes to an end and the closing ceremony will take place here to see the games out in style.
5. Ibrox Stadium
The Ibrox stadium is home to Rangers football club, however during the Commonwealth games we will be seeing the rugby sevens competition held in this famous stadium. Located in the south west of Glasgow’s city centre on the Southbank of River Clyde this venue is easily accessible for spectators to come and watch the competitions take place.
6. Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Center
Located north of the River Clyde, the Kelvingrove lawn bowls centre has recently been upgraded to meet international standards with the reconstruction of five bowling greens. Situated within Kelvingrove park this venue will see all of the bowls matches played here.
7. Scotstoun Sports Campus
The Scotstoun sports campus will become home to the squash and table tennis events during the games. With 6 permanent courts for single games which can be converted into 4 doubles courts, the venue is fully equip for the athletes to come and compete. There is a glass walled show court for spectators to watch the tournaments.
8. SECC Precinct
The SECC precinct is a popular venue for the Commonwealth games this year and will play host to six events. These include boxing, gymnastics, judo, netball, wrestling and weightlifting. As one of Scotland’s most visited venues this precinct has large scale exhibition halls and the famous Clyde auditorium to boast about.
9. Emirates Arena including Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome
Situated in the east end of Glasgow, alongside the athletes village, the Emirates arena will host the badminton events during the games. The complex includes dance and fitness studios, external multi court areas and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Scotland have an outstanding international track cycling competition record and the new Velodrome celebrates this success. The cycling events will take place I the Velodrome on the 250m track.
10. Strathclyde Country Park
Strathclyde country park has 400 hectares of woodland, park and wetland for athletes to make the most of during the triathlon event in the games. The swimming, cycling and running stages will take place throughout the park and surrounding road and pathways.
11. Tollcross International Swimming Centre
The Tollcross swimming centre has 2 pools and a total of 16 lanes. The two 50m pools consist of 10 lanes and 6 lanes. The centre was recently redeveloped to provide permanent training and recreational facilities for locals and athletes alike.
12. Barry Buddon Shooting Centre Carnoustie
All of the shooting events will take place at the Barry Buddon centre which sits within the Ministry of Defence’s training camp. The events will be held in existing and temporary international standard ranges including the existing Full Bore range and three temporary shotgun ranges and finally an enclosed range.
13. Royal Commonwealth Pool Edinburgh
With a whopping 1 billion gallons of water inside, the royal Commonwealth pool is fully prepared to host the diving events within this competition. Situated next to Authors seat, and designed originally for the 1970’s Commonwealth games in Edinburgh, this fantastic venue was nominated in 2002 as one of the most significant modern contributions to Scottish heritage.
Will you be attending any of these fantastic venues during the Commonwealth games?