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The Games

The Commonwealth Games saw over 6,500 athletes and team officials, representing 71 nations and territories, come to Glasgow in the summer of 2014 to take part in 17 sports between 23rd July and 3rd August. Hosting the Games relied on the contribution of thousands of volunteers, providing a once in a lifetime opportunity for people across Scotland to volunteer at one of the world’s biggest sporting events.

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.

The Sports

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.

The Venues

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:

  • Barry Buddon Shooting Centre – Full bore, clay target shooting
  • Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails – Mountain biking (new facility)
  • Celtic Park – Opening ceremony
  • Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome – Badminton and cycling (new facility)
  • Glasgow Green Hockey Centre – Hockey (new facility)
  • Hampden Park – Athletics and closing ceremony
  • SECC Precinct (including the SSE Hydro) – Boxing, netball, gymnastics, judo, weightlifting and wrestling, and the main media centre (new facility)
  • Ibrox Stadium – Rugby 7s
  • Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre – Bowls
  • Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh – Diving
  • Scotstoun Sports Campus – Squash and table tennis
  • Strathclyde Country Park – Triathlon
  • Tollcross International Swimming Centre – Swimming

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.

Clyde Gateway

Clyde Waterfront: Development benefits of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Glasgow City Council