2014 Commonwealth Games: Know Your Venues
The 2014 Commonwealth Games is just a fortnight away and slowly the action shifts from FIFA World Cup to the Commonwealth games. The Games will be held in Scottish capital Glasgow and this time the sporting carnival for the Commonwealth Countries features 17 sports. Right from the Athletes Village to the venue for Closing Ceremony, the organising committee and the Glasgow city council made sure that there is no further hiccups ahead of the games. Let’s take a look at all the venues for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The Athletes Village for the 2014 Commonwealth games is spread over 35000 Hectares in Glasgow and has 700 homes with over 6500 beds to accompany the stars taking part in the game. The Village also offers some exclusive medical facility, recreation area, dining halls apart from providing and other amenities for the use of the athletes and officials. The Village site will be designed and developed by Glasgow City Council with the help of a private-sector consortium named City Legacy. 2,60,000 items of furniture and equipment were borrowed from the London 2012 Olympic for usage in the Village.
Barry Buddon Shooting Range
The Barry Buddon Shooting Range is the venue for all the shooting events that take place in the 2014 Commonwealth games. It is located in Carnoustie and is in the middle of the Scottish Defence training camp. It contains a Full Bore range and the organisers have installed temporary new Shotgun, Pistol and Small Bore ranges. The Air Rifle event will take place outside the Barry Buddon Shooting Range.
Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Range
This venue is one of the latest addition to the 2014 Commonwealth games. Owned by Glasgow City Council and South Lankarshire Council, the venue for the mountain bike competitions has been designed by some expert designers. Features like Brig O’Doom, Broken Biscuits and Clyde Climb will remain when the venue becomes a permanent facility for use. The venue makes the most of the varied terrain of Cathkin Braes Country Park to provide a challenging course for riders. It provides a spectacular panorama view of the city behind it.
The historical Celtic Park which played hosts to Scottish Premier League giants Celtic Football Club has been scheduled to host the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Since the venue is adjacent to the Games Village, the athletes should not have a problem in attending the ceremony in which they will walk in a parade representing their country after the games was declared open by the officials.
Emirates Arena which is primarily used as a National Training centre for Athletics, Netball, cycling, Basket Ball and Volleyball. Nut for the 2014 Commonwealth games, the six courts Emirates arena will be used as the venue to host Badminton matches. It is also the administrative hub for Glasgow’s Life Sports development Unit.
Sir Chris Hoy Dome
The cycling venue for the 2014 Commonwealth game is named after the Legendary and the most successful Britain Olympian and Scottish Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy. The track consist of 250 metres which was designed by a renowned track designer Ralph Schuermann. It is located in the same complex as Emirates Arena.
Glasgow National Hockey Centre
Glasgow National Hockey Centre is located in the Glasgow Greens, Glasgow’s oldest and most historic public park. The venue for the Men’s and Women’s Hockey events was specially established ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It contains two newly laid synthetic turfs. The Glasgow Greens also act as the starting and ending points of Marathons and Road Cycling events.
Hampden Park, the home of Scottish Football Team is the venue for hosting the closing ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Scot’s largest stadium will also be a host for the Track and Field events. Ahead of the Games, the venue has been transformed from a Football stadium into an International quality Track and Field venue.
Ibrox Stadium and KelvinGrove Centre
The home of Rangers FC, Ibrox Stadium will play host to the Rugby Sevens Event in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It provides a great visual treat for the audiences who are watching the Rugby matches live from the stands.
KelvinGrove Centre is the home for Lawn Bowls in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Royal Commonwealth Pool and Trollcross Centre
Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh and the Troll Cross Centre will play host to Diving and Swimming events respectively. The Royal Pool is an A-Listed building and the pool has approximately 1 Billion Gillions of water. On the other hand, the swimming venue has two 50 metre pools with eight lanes each.
The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre is the largest Percinct for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It is the home for the International broadcasting centre and is the main press centre. Apart from this, it also play hosts to as many as six events which include Boxing, Wrestling, Netball, Judo, Weight/Power Lifting and Gymnastics.
Scotscoun Sports Campus
The Scotscoun Sports campus is the home of Scottish Badminton Academy, fitness centre and an Indoor Tennis Centre. But for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, it is scheduled to host Squash and Table Tennis. Six new squash courts has been installed for the event and Table Tennis will be played across two show courts and eight match courts.
Strathclyde Country Park and Glasgow City Road Courses
Triathlon, Rowing and Sailing will take place in Strathclyde Country Park. The Glasgow City Road Courses will be used for Marathon and cycling.