Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is set to be the most exciting Commonwealth Games ever. In 2014 the games will return to Scotland for the third time. Edinburgh has hosted the Games on two previous occasions, in 1970 and 1986 and also played host to the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2000. The Commonwealth Games will take place between 23rd July & 3rd August 2014. During this time Glasgow will be the stage for a fantastic Summer of sport, as well as a range of cultural and arts events open to everyone. Over 6,500 athletes and officials from 71 nations and territories will take part in the games which are spread over 11 days. In total, 17 individual sports will be played. Glasgow's new tourism strategy, which aims to increase tourism revenue by 60% by 2016, is anticipated to be strongly supported by the Commonwealth Games.

The majority of the games will be held on three sites in the East, South and West of Glasgow City Centre. However, there are some events which will take place outside the city. This year's games will see sports such as diving, swimming, mountain biking, road cycling, track cycling, athletics, badminton, boxing, hockey, judo, bowls, netball, rugby, shooting, squash table tennis, triathlon and weightlifting being played.

Mountain biking will be held in a stunning location on the South Side, named Cathkin Braes. Events such as boxing, gymnastics, judo, netball and wrestling will commence at The Hydro. Squash and table tennis will be hosted at Scotstoun Stadium in the West End. The East End of the City will host the track cycling events which will be held in the new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Badminton will take place in the new National Indoor Sports Arena.

Hockey will be held on the new pitches at Glasgow Green. Tollcross pool will host the swimming events with diving being held further afield in the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh. Strathclyde Park will be main the venue for triathlon with shooting events taking place at the army range near Carnoustie.

Whether you are an athlete, fan or volunteer the countdown to Scotland’s most anticipated party yet is on. Throughout 2014 there are going to be plenty of ways to be part of the Games, so get involved! Book your flights to Glasgow now. In the three years after the Commonwealth Games, there is predicted to be a net increase of 4% in tourism, which equates to roughly £30 million in extra expenditure for the Scottish Government.