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Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014

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On the 23rd July 2014 Glasgow will be taken over by the Commonwealth Games. Over 6500 athletes and officials from 70 countries will be competing in 17 sporting diciplines over 11 days.

The first Commonwealth Games were held in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada where 11 countries sent 400 athletes to take part in 6 sports and 59 events. Bobby Robinson, a major influence within athletics in Canada at the time, finally implemented the event that had been talked about amongst Commonwealth nations for over thirty years with the City of Hamilton providing $30,000 to help cover travelling costs of the participating nations.

Since then, the Games have been conducted every four years (except for 1942 and 1946 due to World War II) and the event has seen many changes, not least in its name. From 1930 to 1950 the Games were known as the British Empire Games, from 1954 until 1966 the British Empire and Commonwealth Games and from 1970 to 1974 they took on the title of British Commonwealth Games. It was the 1978 Games in Edmonton that saw this unique, world class, multi-sports event change its name to the Commonwealth Games.

Often referred to as the ‘Friendly Games’ only single competition sports had been on the programme from 1930 up to and including the 1994 Games in Victoria. The 1998 Games in Kuala Lumpur saw the introduction of team sports with nations taking part in cricket (50 over game), hockey (men and women), netball (women) and rugby 7’s (men). In Manchester in 2002 hockey, netball and rugby 7’s graced the programme again and at the 2006 Games in Melbourne basketball accompanied hockey, netball and rugby 7’s on the programme. In Delhi in 2010 hockey, netball and rugby 7’s again featured.

The 2002 Games in Manchester also saw for the first time, indeed at any multi-sport event in the world, a limited number of full medal events for elite athletes with a disability (EAD) in a fully inclusive sports programme. This continued in Melbourne where EAD athletes took part in athletics, swimming, table tennis and powerlifting.

The story of the Games evolved yet again on the 9th November 2007 when Glasgow was awarded the right to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Venues
Athletes Village
Scotstoun Sports Campus
Barry Buddon Shooting Centre, Carnoustie
Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails
Celtic Park
Glasgow National Hockey Centre
Hampden Park
Ibrox Stadium
Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre
Royal Commonwealth Pool, Edinburgh
Strathclyde Country Park
Tollcross International Swimming Centre
SECC Precinct
Emirates Arena / Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome
Sports
Aquatics
Athletics
Badminton
Boxing
Cycling
Gymnastics
Hockey
Judo
Lawn Bowls
Netball
Rugby Sevens
Shooting
Squash
Table Tennis
Triathlon
Weightlifting
Wrestling

Transport Information

Here are some helpful things to remember as you make travel plans for the Commonwealth Games:

  • After you have purchased tickets for an event we advise planning your journey to the venue well in advance.
  • There will be limited parking spaces at any of the venues at Glasgow 2014.
  • Glasgow is a compact city and the best way to get to your venue is by walking, cycling or public transport.
  • If you are driving to this year’s Games, please keep in mind that Park & Ride spaces will be limited at sites servicing venues.
  • If you are arriving into the UK at a location outside of Glasgow then it will be a good idea to consider hiring a car one way to Glasgow or Edinburgh.