Revisit the venues

The competition venues for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games were concentrated in three compact site clusters within the city of Glasgow. These made the most of the city’s extensive sporting and events infrastructure. Find out more about the venues, access the brief information and films on the venues used for the events below:

Find out more about the venues

Athletes' Village

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Set in Glasgow’s East End, this purpose-built village provided home to the expected 6,500 athletes and CGA team officials for the duration of the Games.

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The Village was designed in consultation with athletes, to be a real 'home from home'. It offered an exclusive retail area, recreation area, dining hall, medical facility and other amenities. The site was developed by Glasgow City Council along with City Legacy, a private-sector consortium. Now that the Games are over, the Village will be further developed to become an attractive residential area. 300 of the houses will be sold as family homes and a 400 will be made available as rented accommodation. A further 120 units will be turned into a care home.

Preparatory land work started on the 35-hectare site in August 2009 and had been completed in January 2014. Now the Village is being prepared for hand-over to their new residents.


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Barry Buddon Shooting Centre

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The Barry Buddon Shooting Centre, near Carnoustie on the east coast of Scotland, was host for the shooting events for Glasgow 2014.

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Barry Buddon has a well-established 'full bore' firing range that was used for the Edinburgh 1986 Commonwealth Games. With the addition of international-standard temporary ranges, the venue will allow spectators to experience and enjoy all shooting competition formats on one site.

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Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails

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Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails are just 15 minutes south of the Athletes' Village and played host to the mountain bike competitions.

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These trails have been designed with input from internationally-renowned mountain bike course designers. Cathkin Braes’ hills, wooded terrain and open spaces provided spectators with an exciting mountain bike competition amid beautiful natural scenery. The course will be a legacy, capable of staging future international events, and a facility benefiting the communities of Glasgow and surrounding areas in a sport that is rapidly growing in popularity.

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Celtic Park

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Celtic Park hosted the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. On 23 July, athletes from throughout the Commonwealth community celebrated their journey to the Games and officially began their 11-day quest for victory.

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Celtic Park is located next to the Athletes' Village, making it ideal for athletes attending the Opening Ceremony. The stadium has a current capacity of 60,000 seats and is noted for a spectator arrangement that brings the audience close to the action.

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Emirates Arena

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This state-of-the-art facility was opened in 2012 and is located alongside the Athletes’ Village.

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With a seating capacity of 5,000 spectators, it has a 200-metre athletics track with hydraulic bends allowing its conversion into a flexible multi-sport arena. The large sports hall can accommodate 12 badminton courts or be subdivided into three separate areas for a range of sports. The Emirates Arena offers many new sporting opportunities for people from the local community and beyond, such five-aside football pitches, a brand new gym and of course houses the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

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Image credit: Emirates Arena - Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images 2012

Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

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Adjoining the Emirates Arena, the velodrome is named in honour of Scotland’s most successful gold-medal winning Olympian and Commonwealth Games champion.

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Its 250-metre track has been designed by Ralph Schuermann, one of the world’s foremost track designers. With a permanent viewing capacity of 2,500 and an additional 2,000 temporary seats for Glasgow 2014, it will be able to attract some of the world’s top cycling events to Glasgow.

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Glasgow Green Hockey Centre

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The Scottish Hockey Centre includes two new dedicated synthetic hockey pitches, athlete and official support areas.

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The temporary spectator stands on a site adjacent to the Glasgow Green Football Centre have now been removed, leaving a world-class sporting facilities accommodating hockey matches at all levels as well as the new home for Scottish Hockey.

Glasgow Green is close to the City Centre, near the River Clyde, and is the oldest public park in Scotland. The area is home to the magnificent Victorian People’s Palace Museum and Winter Gardens. The start and finish points of the Marathon and the Cycling Road and Time Trial events were located nearby the Hockey Centre.

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Hampden Park

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Once the world's largest stadiums, Glasgow’s famous Hampden Park played host to the Track and Field Athletics competitions and the XX Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony.

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For Glasgow 2014, the playing surface was 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 were created next to the stadium at Lesser Hampden, with secure, direct access from this site into the main stadium.


Image credit: Klaus Mayer 2014

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Ibrox Stadium

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Ibrox Stadium, home of the famous Rangers Football Club, hosted the Rugby Sevens competition.

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The stadium has a current capacity of over 50,000 seats and provides a spectacular setting with superb sightlines and an intense, intimate atmosphere for any competition.

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Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre

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The Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre hosted the Lawn Bowls competitions.

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During 2010-11 this facility was upgraded to international standard with the reconstruction of five bowling greens. During the Games, 2,500 temporary seats were installed, but these have now been removed. This venue was one of the highlights of the Games, situated next to the magnificent Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and overlooked by Glasgow University. The newly restored Kelvingrove Bandstand is just minutes away.

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Royal Commonwealth Pool

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The Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh hosted the diving competitions.

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The venue underwent major refurbishment including the upgrading of the diving pool to meet international standards. The original Royal Commonwealth Pool was designed for the Edinburgh 1970 Commonwealth Games. It was used again in the Edinburgh 1986 Commonwealth Games and added to its tradition as a landmark Games 2014 venue.

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Scotstoun Sports Campus

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Scotstoun Sports Campus was one of the precincts of the Games, and hosted the squash and table tennis competitions.

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The glass-walled squash court formed the centerpiece of the venue - with 2,500 temporary seats at Games time - and six permanent singles match courts which can be converted to four doubles.

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SECC Precinct

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The SECC campus formed the largest precinct of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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It was also the home of the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre.

The Hydro, which opened in 2013, hosted the gymnastics (artistic and rhythmic) and netball (finals) competitions. The internationally-renowned architect Sir Norman Foster ensured that its amphitheatre-style arena could house a full Olympic-sized gymnastics layout.

The Clyde Auditorium, opened in 1997, showcased the weightlifting competitions, while the SECC's main exhibition halls hosted boxing, judo, netball (preliminaries) and wrestling. The Halls acted as a media hub for the press with the International Broadcast Centre accommodated in a temporary building in the adjacent parking area.

The development of the SECC precinct is a key part of Glasgow’s plans for the regeneration of the Clyde Riverside.

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Strathclyde Country Park

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The triathlon event took place in Strathclyde Country Park on the south-eastern edge of Glasgow.

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The deep Strathclyde Loch was used for swimming, with the cycling and running stages unfolding along the surrounding network of roads and pathways. The course was upgraded for the Games and will be a legacy for future events.

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Tollcross International Swimming Centre

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The Tollcross International Swimming Centre hosted the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games swimming competitions.

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From the existing 50-metre, 10-lane pool, the Tollcross facilities were extensively refurbished and extended, with the addition of a 50-metre six-lane warm-up and training pool as well as community facilities. These developments will provide a permanent training and recreational facility for the local community and elite athletes alike, and provide a venue for other major international swimming competitions.

An additional 1,000 permanent spectator seats were added as part of the extension work, and at Games time 3,000 temporary seats brought the total spectator capacity to 5,000.

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