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Glasgow Commonwealth Games athletics arena unveiled

Some of the staff at the Car Hire Glasgow Airport branch have been lucky enough to see the transformed stadium into an athletics arena and think the atmosphere will be amazing when it gets under way next month. 

The athletics arena in Glasgow has now been officially unveiled, marking the end of the transformation of Hampden Park for the Commonwealth Games. It is the centrepiece and will host some of the Games most exciting moments, with over 1,000 athletes due to compete for medals during the 48 events.

Michael Cavanagh, Chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland, added “It is hugely exciting to see the spectacular change of Scotland’s National Stadium complete in such good time for the Games. Hampden, with its bold, innovative transformation to an Athletics venue is truly amazing and I know all our track and field athletes will be thrilled to step out into this magnificent Athletics arena filled with home support.”

Scotland’s national stadium has undergone months of construction and revamping for the Games taking place next month. Including the revolutionary technique to raise the surface, ensuring it meets the width and length required for an IAAF-approved Athletics track.

Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg, said “This is a world-first solution in a great venue, creating an excellent sporting field of play and we can’t wait for the elite athletes of the Commonwealth to come and experience the thrill of competing here. The completion of Hampden marks a very special moment in our journey to the starting line of what will be the biggest and best sporting festival Scotland has ever hosted. More than a thousand athletes from around the Commonwealth will compete here. We’ll have 50 different medal ceremonies. And we’ll bring the curtain down on Glasgow 2014 in Hampden too, as we hand over to the Gold Coast, host city of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.”