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The 2014 common wealth games would be the officially 20th common wealth games and would be held in Glasgow, Scotland from July 23rd to August 3, 2014. It will be the largest multi-sport event ever held in Scotland with 4,100 competing athletes, although the country previously hosted the 1970 and 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.
In a bidding competition between Scotland's Glasgow, Canada's Hallifax and Nigeria's Abuja, Hallifax withdrew its bidding and Glasgow won over Abhuja with 47 : 24 votes
There will be 71 participating nations at the 2014 Commonwealth Games with approximately 4,900 competing athletes making it one of the largest commonwealth games staged to date.
Clyde is the mascot of CWG 2014, and is named after Glasgow’s River Clyde, is based on original designs by 12-year-old Cumbernauld schoolgirl Beth Gilmour, whose concept has been developed by Cheltenham- and London-based digital consultancy Nerv.
Gilmour won a competition for children aged from 6-15 to create mascot designs, which was judged by staff from Glasgow 2014 and the BBC. The competition received more than 4000 entries.
Meet the designer of the Mascot!
There would be a total of 17 sporting disciplines and biggest even number of Para_Sport medals in CW games with 22 medal events in total.
Designed for athletes in consultation with athletes, the Commonwealth Games Athletes' Village promises to be a real ‘home from home’.
Set in Glasgow’s East End, the purpose-built, low carbon village is at the heart of one of Europe's largest regeneration areas. It will be home to the expected 6,500 athletes and CGA team officials for the duration of the Games.
The Village will offer an exclusive retail area, recreation area, dining hall, medical facility and other amenities for the use of the athletes and officials. The Athletes' Village site will be developed by Glasgow City Council with City Legacy, a private-sector consortium which will build the first 700 units for the Games.
Through this development, Glasgow City Council plans to bring further social and economic value and regeneration to the area by creating opportunities for employment and training, local business and social enterprise.
An Energy Centre will provide hot water for the homes as well as to the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
Preparatory land work started on the 35-hectare site in August 2009. The Athletes' Village will be completed in January 2014.
260,000 items of furniture, fittings and equipment were obtained from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for use in the Athletes’ Village.
Celtic ParkCeltic Park will host the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. On 23 July 2014, this is where athletes from throughout the Commonwealth community will celebrate their journey to the Games and officially begin their 11-day quest for victory.
Celtic Park is located next to the Athletes' Village, making it ideal for athletes attending the Opening Ceremony in the stadium.
Owned by the famous Celtic Football Club, Celtic Park has a long history and was built in 1892. The stadium was completely redeveloped and upgraded in 1999 and today it is one of the finest football venues in the United Kingdom. The stadium has a spectator arrangement that brings the audience close to the action, it provides an excellent setting for the Opening Ceremony.
Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails
The Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails are an exciting new addition to Glasgow’s sporting landscape. Located on the city’s south side, just 15 minutes from the Athletes’ Village, the trails will host the Mountain Bike competitions and have been created in collaboration with expert designers.
The venue makes the most of the varied terrain of Cathkin Braes Country Park to provide a challenging course for riders. Set against a backdrop of ancient woodland, steep slopes and wide open spaces, the trails offer a spectacular panorama of the city beyond.
Emirates Arena including Velodrome
The Emirates Arena and adjoining Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in the East End of Glasgow form one of the most versatile structures of its kind in Europe. These state-of-the-art facilities, owned by Glasgow City Council, are located alongside the Athletes’ Village.
The venues might be the new kids on the block, but with more than 10,000 people passing through their doors on opening weekend, they have quickly become a city landmark. As well as hosting international competition, the venues will aid the development of the next generation of elite Scottish athletes and provide first-class facilities for the community.
THE EMIRATES ARENA
The Emirates Arena will provide a dramatic setting for the Badminton competition. The action will take place on six courts. In terms of sheer engineering innovation, the Emirates Arena is unparalleled in Scotland and one of the largest facilities of its kind in Europe. The complex includes dance and fitness studios, external multi-court areas and the facility is the administrative hub for several national sports federations and Glasgow Life’s Sports Development unit. The arena is also a national training centre for Athletics, Basketball, Netball, Track Cycling and Volleyball.
SIR CHRIS HOY VELODROME
Scotland has an outstanding record in international track cycling competition, winning six medals in the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and three at Delhi 2010. The ambitious design and quality of the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome celebrates this success.
The Velodrome is named in honour of the UK’s most successful Gold-medal winning Olympian and Scottish Commonwealth Games champion. Its 250-metre track has been designed by Ralph Schuermann, one of the world’s foremost track designers.
Glasgow National Hockey Center
Glasgow Green has witnessed centuries of history, but the city’s oldest public park continues to evolve. The latest stage of its development is the creation of the new Glasgow National Hockey Centre. Specially designed to host the Glasgow 2014 Hockey competition, the facility will consist of two synthetic hockey pitches, as well as athlete and official support areas.
Glasgow Green is located close to the City Centre, near the River Clyde, and the park is home to all sorts of interesting features, including the Doulton Fountain and the magnificent Victorian People’s Palace Museum and Winter Gardens. Glasgow Green will also host the start and finish points of the Marathon and the Road Cycling and Time Trial events.
At one time the world's largest stadium, Glasgow’s famous Hampden Park will play host to the Track and Field Athletics competitions and the XX Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony. Hampden Park is an iconic place not only for Glaswegians, but also for all Scots as it is home to the national football team.
Hampden will undergo a transformation for Glasgow 2014 – the playing surface will be raised by 1.9 metres to transform the stadium from a football venue into an international-standard Track and Field facility. A warm-up track and jump areas will be created next to the stadium at Lesser Hampden, with secure, direct access from this site into the main stadium. Further improvements will be carried out at both Hampden and Lesser Hampden, leaving a sporting legacy after the Games.
Ibrox Stadium, home of the famous Rangers Football Club, will host the Rugby Sevens competition. Built in 1899, the stadium has a long sporting history and has seen many stars grace the pitch. It provides a spectacular setting with superb sightlines and an intense, intimate atmosphere, which will heighten the drama of the Rugby Sevens competition.
Kelvin Grove Lawn Bowl's Center
The Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre is located approximately 1.9 miles west of Glasgow city centre, on the north of the River Clyde.
The Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre will host the Lawn Bowls competitions. Owned by Glasgow City Council, the centre has one of the most dramatic settings of all the Games venues, situated next to the magnificent Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and overlooked by the equally spectacular Victorian edifice of Glasgow University.
There is a long tradition of bowls at Kelvingrove and over a period of two years, from 2010 to 2011, the facility was upgraded to international standard with the reconstruction of five bowling greens. Additional seating has been installed for the Games, so spectators can enjoy both the sport and the setting.
Royal Commonwealth Pool
Diving will be held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, located 45 miles to the east of Glasgow.
With Arthur’s Seat outside and award-winning architecture inside, Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool offers a dramatic setting for the Diving competitions. The original Royal Commonwealth Pool was designed by RMJM Architects in 1967 for the Edinburgh 1970 Commonwealth Games and it was used again for Edinburgh 1986. Owned by City of Edinburgh Council, the venue has undergone major refurbishment, including the upgrading of the diving pool to meet international standards.
The building was nominated in 2002 by the Architecture Heritage Society of Scotland as one of the most significant modern contributions to Scottish heritage.
Scotstoun Sports Campus
The Scotstoun Sports Campus is located approximately four miles to the west of Glasgow city centre, on the north of the River Clyde.
The multi-faceted Scotstoun Sports Campus will form one of the precincts of the Games, hosting both the Squash and Table Tennis competitions. Owned by Glasgow City Council and recently refurbished, the venue is already a popular sporting and community resource which includes the National Badminton Academy, indoor tennis centre and other fitness facilities.
At Games Time Scotstoun will make good use of its six new permanent squash courts for singles matches, with the capability of conversion to four doubles courts. It will also feature a glass-walled show court; ensuring spectators get a great view of the action.
The Table Tennis competitions will be played across two show courts and eight match courts.
The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) Precinct is located approximately 1.7 miles west of Glasgow city centre, on the north bank of the River Clyde.
The SECC Precinct will form the largest venue precinct of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. It will host the competitions for six sports – Gymnastics, Boxing, Judo, Netball, Wrestling and Weightlifting/Powerlifting. During Games Time it will also be the home of the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre.
Stratchclyde Country Park
The Triathlon event will take place in Strathclyde Country Park, on the south-eastern edge of Glasgow. This satellite venue is a popular destination for recreation and a range of sporting events, including rowing, sailing and cycling. For the Triathlon competition, Strathclyde Loch will be used for swimming, with the cycling and running stages taking place along the surrounding network of roads and pathways.
Tollcross International Swimming Center
The Tollcross International Swimming Centre is located approximately 3.3 miles to the east of Glasgow’s city centre, on the north bank of the River Clyde.
The drama of the Swimming competitions will be played out at Tollcross International Swimming Centre. The venue is owned by Glasgow City Council and has been extensively refurbished and extended. The existing 50 metre, 10-lane pool has been joined by a new 50m, six-lane warm-up and training pool, ensuring world-class facilities for the Games.
Barry Buddon Shooting Center
All Glasgow 2014 Shooting events will take place at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre, which sits within the Ministry of Defense’s training camp, located in Carnoustie on Scotland’s beautiful east coast.
The shooting events are to be located in a combination of existing and temporary international standard ranges allowing spectators to experience all the shooting events on one site across;
An existing Full Bore range
Three temporary Shotgun ranges
Enclosed ranges comprising of a temporary combined10/50 metre range and a temporary 25 metre range
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