Glasgow to Host XX Commonwealth Games

Set to take place in Glasgow from the 23rd of July through to the 3rd of August, the 2014 Commonwealth Games will feature 70 teams participating in a total of 261 events in 17 different sports. The main venues for the event, officially known as the XX Commonwealth Games, will be Glasgow’s Hampden Park and Celtic Park, with up to 70 percent of the auxiliary venues being within a 20 minute drive of the Dalmarnock-based Athlete’s Village. Celtic Park will host the Opening Ceremony on the 23rd of July, with the Closing Ceremony taking place at Hampden Park on the 3rd of August. The sports featured on the XX Commonwealth Games program are: Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby Sevens, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

Situated on the south side of the city, the Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails will be the venue for the mountain biking events. Designed by experts in the field, this spectacular venue combines exciting terrain with spectacular scenery and superb views of the city of Glasgow. Local schoolchildren were invited to name the various features of the bike trails, with some interesting results and bikers can expect to encounter challenges such as Clyde Climb and Brig O’Doom, among others.

Other venues for the events on the XX Glasgow Games program include the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre, the Emirates Arena, the Glasgow National Hockey Centre, Ibrox Stadium, Royal Commonwealth Pool, SECC Precinct and Strathclyde Country Park.

Located in the East End of Glasgow, the Athletes’ Village is a purpose-built complex designed to be a ‘home from home’ for the 6,500 visiting athletes and team officials participating in the XX Commonwealth Games. With an expected completion date of January 2014, the village will have a recreation area, retail area, dining and medical facilities.

While the main emphasis of the XX Commonwealth Games is on sporting events, there are a host of entertainment and cultural events planned, with fanzones, street theater and big screens adding to the festive atmosphere. Glasgow’s impressive array of theaters, museums, art galleries and other cultural venues will be pulling out all the stops to make visitors welcome in the city. Visit the XX Commonwealth Games website to plan your visit to Glasgow during this exciting time.