The Commonwealth Games 2014 – Glasgow is to begin from the 23rd July 23, 2014 and will end on 3rd August 2014. Let us know few things about the Commonwealth Games of 2014 to be held in Glasgow in brief.
Brief Information about the Commonwealth Games 2014 – Glasgow
Host City: Glasgow, Scotland (United Kingdom)
Turn of Hosting: 20th
Participating Nations: 71 nations
Estimated Participating Athletes: 4, 500
Total Events: 261 events in 17 different sports
Opening Ceremony: 23rd July, 2014
Closing Ceremony: 3rd August, 2014
Motto: People, Place, Passion
Official Website: glasgow2014.com
How Glasgow Won the Bid?
After the Commonwealth Games Council invited Glasgow along with Nigerian capital Abuja and Canadian city Halifax and after many rounds of consultation the city of Glasgow in Scotland bid for 2014 Commonwealth Games in the year 2015. First the Halifax withdrew from the bidding process as its Municipal Government withdrew the funding. Then the technical committee visited Abuja and Glasgow. Abuja remained favorite till the very end because no African nation has ever hosted the Commonwealth Games till now, but finally Glasgow won on technical matters and on the high level standards and won the bid by a vote, which took place in Sri Lanka in 2007. Glasgow beat Abuja by a huge margin of 47-24 votes.
Venues of the Commonwealth Games 2014 – Glasgow
East End Cluster
The Commonwealth Arena and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome are situated on the east end of the city, hence it is called the East End cluster. These venues will be hosting the opening ceremony.
East End cluster Venues and Games
- Celtic Park (Capacity – 60, 000) – Opening Ceremony
- Commonwealth Sports Arena (Capacity– 5000) – Badminton
- Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome (Capacity – 4500) – Cycling (track)
- Glasgow Green Hockey Centre (Capacity – 5000) – Field Hockey
- Tollcross International Swimming Centre (Capacity – 5000) – Swimming
South Side Cluster
The stadiums in the South Side Cluster are mainly situated in the neighboring city of Rutherglen. As the name suggests it is on the south side of Glasgow.
South Side Cluster Venues and Games
- Hampden (Capacity – 46, 000) – Closing Ceremony and Athletics
- Ibrox (Capacity – 52, 000) – Rugby Sevens
- Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails – Mountain Biking
West End Cluster
The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Center is located in the West End of the city which will host a number of games and it is called the West End Cluster.
West End Cluster Games and Venues
- SECC Halls (Capacity – 2000) – Boxing, Judo, Wrestling, Netball
- Clyde Auditorium (Capacity – 3000) – Weightlifting
- The Hydro (Capacity – 13, 000) – Gymnastics, Boxing, Netball
- Scotstoun Stadium (Capacity – 12, 500) – Squash, Table Tennis
- Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Center (Capacity – 2, 500) – Lawn Bowls
There are three other venues too, which are situated in the different areas of Glasgow.
- Barry Buddon Shooting Centre, Barry – Shooting
- Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh (Capacity – 2000) – Diving
- Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell – Triathlon