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50 facts for 50 days

Glasgow 2014
Fifty facts to prepare you for the Commonwealth Games

As the XX Commonwealth Games draws ever nearer, here are 50 key facts to prepare you for the biggest multi-sport event Scotland has ever hosted:

1. With 50 days to go until the Opening Ceremony, the Games is on track to be delivered on time and budget

2. The Queen’s Baton Relay will travel through 400 communities, towns and cities across Scotland from 14 June

3. There will be up to 4,000 baton bearers for the 40 day Scottish leg of the QBR

4. The QBR will have travelled 190,000 km through 69 nations and territories before arriving in Scotland

5. Each day up to 100 local baton bearers will help bring the baton to its final destination – Glasgow!

6. The £500 million spent on the construction and refurbishment of Games venues and the Athletes’ Village over the six years leading to 2014 has supported, on average, around 1,000 jobs and contributed £52 million to Scotland’s GVA in each year.

7. Scottish companies have won 73 per cent of contracts associated with the Games

8. Post-Games, the Athletes’ Village will provide 700 new homes, including 400 for social rent and a new 120-bed care home for the eldery

9. There has been almost £1 billion of Games-related projects bringing improvements to transport infrastructure

10. Since 2007 more than £125 million has been invested in Clyde Gateway to generate Glasgow’s East End and South Lanarkshire

11. The total area of vacant and derelict land in the East End of Glasgow has gone down by 32 per cent between 2011 and 2012

12. This regeneration activity has seen almost 30,000 square metres of business space created and 117 hectares of land remediated or decontaminated

13. The £5 million Young Persons’ Fund will provide 2,500 young people with work experience

14. Up to 15,000 ‘clyde-siders’ are being trained as volunteers for the XX Commonwealth Games

15. A £500,000 Legacy 2014 Volunteer Support Programme has been launched to increase accessibility to volunteering – providing limited help with travel, accommodation and child care

16. The Games has helped Scotland secure 37 high-profile national and international events, with an estimated economic impact of £14 million

17. ‘Glasgow Welcomes’ has delivered more than 420 events across the tourism and hospitality sector

18. The community-owned Dalmarnock Legacy Hub will house a new all-purpose community hall, nursery, GP surgery, pharmacy, training and educational facilities, a convenience store and community café

19. Construction work on the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub will support more than 60 jobs and four apprenticeships, and support 55 new long-term jobs

20. The Scottish Government will use 5,200 tickets for the Games to say thank you to individuals and groups involved in Legacy 2014 programmes

21. Two hundred of these tickets will be given to Scottish veterans in recognition of their service to the country at home and abroad

22. The XX Commonwealth Games will include the biggest-ever number of Para-Sports Medals in Commonwealth Games history, with 22 medal events

23. The XX Commonwealth Games includes, for the first time, a Triathlon Mixed Relay event

24. The XX Commonwealth Games will include the first Para-Sport Track Cycling event

25. It is estimated that the Games will attract a worldwide TV audience of more than one billion people

26. This is the third time Scotland has hosted the Commonwealth Games – it has twice been held in Edinburgh in 1970 and 1986

27. Team Scotland will have its largest team ever for the XX Commonwealth Games

28. There are 50 national Legacy 2014 programmes and counting

29. There are more than 70 Supporting Legacy 2014 projects

30. One hundred and fifty Community Sports Hubs will be created across Scotland by 2016

31. The £10 million Active Places Fund has already supported more than 110 projects, helping build and improve community sports facilities

32. More than 250,000 school pupils are benefiting from Game on Scotland, the official education programme for the Games

33. Schools in 23 Commonwealth countries are taking part in Game on Scotland

34. There are 150 Young Scot Youth Legacy Ambassadors

35. There are more than 200 projects and 800 events as part of the Cultural Programme

36. There are 109 Cultural Programme projects with links to 26 Commonwealth countries

37. Nearly 100,000 people have participated in the Get Scotland Dancing Programme

38. £5.5 million has been awarded by the BIG Lottery Fund to help communities get more active

39. To date more than 145,000 people have participated in 123 Games for Scotland events

40. There are 37,500 opportunities for people to make a positive change in their lives through Street Soccer Scotland

41. 33Fifty will deliver leadership skills for 100 young people from across the Commonwealth

42. More than 750 teachers have been trained to support disabled young people in Physical Education

43. The Host Broadcaster Initiative will provide more than 600 students with live broadcast, creative and technology skills

44. There are now 14 Commonwealth Woodlands in and around Glasgow

45. Forestry Commission Scotland and partners are creating a new £5 million urban forest at Cuningar Loop on the banks of the River Clyde

46. Pre-Games training camps are to be held in Scotland before the Games by Ghana, Cameroon, Trinidad and Tobago, Zambia, Rwanda, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands

47. The innovative remodelling of Hampden Park has transformed it into a temporary world-class athletics venue, raising the surface by 1.9 metres

48. This is the most affordable Commonwealth Games ever: two-thirds of all sports tickets priced at £25 or less, compared to only 25 per cent of tickets for the London 2012 Olympics

49. There was unprecedented demand for Games tickets with more than 94 per cent of tickets sold at the first stage of ticket sales

50. There is free transport to the Games venue on the day of the event for all ticket holders

And a bonus point:

51. BBC Sport will bring audiences more than 3,000 hours of network TV coverage on the Games, 200 hours of radio coverage and more than 1,300 hours of live action

Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Shona Robison, said: “Today is 50 days to go until the eyes of the world are on Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The excitement is building, even more so with the Queen’s Baton Relay soon to arrive in Scotland on 14 June. 

“The Games represents an unprecedented opportunity for Scotland to welcome the world before a global audience. A great deal has been achieved to get us to this point but we are not complacent and in these next few weeks, all partners are working together to realise this fantastic opportunity for Scotland and deliver our commitment to and investment in a successful, safe and secure Games.”

Read Shona Robison's blog on 50 days to go

More information on 50 days to go

Infographics on the legacy of the Commonwealth Games