The Games were a chance to build on the incredible success story of Scottish athletes at the London 2012 Olympics – where Scots won 13 Olympic medals and 11 Paralympic medals, and where volunteers were praised for helping make them a quality and enjoyable experience for athletes and spectators alike. Team Scotland won a record breaking 53 medals at Glasgow 2014.
17 sports were played over the 11 days of competition. 10 of these are core sports – they are always played at the Commonwealth Games whichever country is hosting. A further 7 sports were selected from a choice of sixteen for the Games in Glasgow. The Glasgow 2014 sports were: Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby 7s, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting & Wrestling.
This was the biggest and most inclusive sports programme ever with more medals to compete for and many more opportunities for women athletes (eg shooting, and for the first time boxing) and Para-sport athletes (eg track cycling) than at previous Commonwealth Games.
Some of the venues for the Games were new, such as the Commonwealth Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, and others were given a face-lift for the Games. There were three clusters of venues in the East End, West End and South Side of Glasgow. In addition, there were three satellite locations outside the City of Glasgow: the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre near Carnoustie, the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, and Strathclyde Country Park.
The venues are:
Find out how the new and upgraded facilities and the Games Village are contributing to the regeneration of the East End of Glasgow by visiting the links below.