Venue Focus: Glasgow, Scotland

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Glasgow has a vast array of world class sporting facilities including Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena, Tollcross International Aquatics Centre, Scotstoun Stadium and Sports Centre and Hampden Park. Hampden Park, which is Scotland's national football stadium, holds the European record for attendance at a football match: 149,547 saw Scotland beat England 3–1 in 1937, in the days before UK stadia became all–seated.

As the countdown to Glasgow hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2014 continues, the city is spending millions on new sports infrastructure such as the new Toryglen Indoor Football Centre, Scottish National Arena at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre and the new National Indoor Sports Arena complex including the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Councillor Archie Graham, Glasgow City Council's spokesman for the 2014 Commonwealth Games said: "The quality of our stadia and facilities is second to none. From the £18m refurbishment of Scotstoun's athletics and rugby facilities to the £113m we're investing in the National Indoor Sports Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow is proving its credentials as an incredible host city. "Glasgow Venues, 2010Hampden Park Stadium (52, 000) Scotland's national stadium and the venue for the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final and 2007 UEFA Cup Final. Hampden hosts an annual programme of international football matches and will host Olympic football matches in 2012. Hampden is the competition venue for athletics in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Celtic Park Stadium (60, 000) Home of Celtic Football Club and the venue for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. Celtic Park is noted for its spectator arrangement that brings the audience close to where the action happens. Ibrox Stadium (51, 000) Home of Rangers Football Club and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games venue for Rugby 7s. Ibrox stadium offers superb sightlines and a 'pressure cooker' atmosphere. Firhill Stadium (10, 784)Home of Scottish Rugby's Glasgow Warriors. Scotstoun Sports Campus and International Athletics Stadium (5, 000 – athletics stadium)Following an £18m refurbishment, Scotstoun Stadium has recently reopened and hosted the UK Athletics' Super8 competition on 7 July 2010. Scotstoun Campus was host to Badminton's Sudirman Cup in both 1997 and 2007 and the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships in 2009. Scotstoun will host squash and table tennis competition in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Tollcross Aquatics Centre (Post– Glasgow 2014: 2, 000) The existing 10 lane 50m pool will be augmented with the addition of a second six lane 50m pool that will serve as a warm–up facility for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Toryglen Regional Football Center (700)This new centre's indoor synthetic grass football pitch will be the venue for the 2010 CP ISRA European Football Championships in August 2010. National Indoor Sports Arena (5, 500)This £113m multi–purpose sports arena (cost includes velodrome) will be completed late 2012. Hosting badminton competition in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome (2, 000)Scotland's first indoor velodrome will be completed late 2012. Confirmed as venue for the 2013 World Junior Track Championships followed by track cycling competition in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena (4, 000 in main arena;1, 600 in sports hall) This magnificent listed building was recently the host venue for the World Age Group and World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships. The venue is currently host to the Glasgow Rocks basketball and Wildcats netball Superleague. Kelvin Hall also hosts the annual International Glasgow Grand Prix Gymnastics, Badminton Scottish Open and Aviva International Athletics. The venue has a long association with the sport of boxing, and was host of the Commonwealth Boxing Championships in 2005. Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre (12, 000 capacity for concerts)The flexible space throughout the SECC campus will host netball, judo, weightlifting, and wrestling competition in the Glasgow 2014 Games. The 12, 000 seater National Entertainment Arena designed by Sir Norman Foster is currently under construction and will host gymnastics competitions and the netball final in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with future similar use possible. The National Entertainment Arena will have 10, 000 seats when configured for competition in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Cathkin Braes Mountain Biking Venue A new development coming forward as a direct consequence of planning for Glasgow 2014, this venue will be capable of staging future international events. Glasgow Green Hockey Centre (500) Two new dedicated synthetic hockey pitches will be constructed next to the River Clyde and adjacent to Glasgow Green Football Centre. These pitches will be the venue for hockey competition in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Spectacularly situated between Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and the University of Glasgow, these bowling greens are being refurbished and upgraded to international standard for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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