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Glasgow Unveils the Athletics Venue at Hampden Park

Car Hire Glasgow Airport think the transformation of Hampden Park has been nothing short of brilliant in short space of time it has taken. 

The athletics venue for the Commonwealth Games at Hampden Park has been officially unveiled, with Gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill and Scottish hurdler Eilidh Child being given a tour of the new facilities, which then moved to look at the athletics village in Glasgow’s East End.

Jessica Ennis-Hill, who is an ambassador for the games, but will not be competing as she is due to give birth in July said, “It’s incredible. Having the stand so close to the track, you will really feel the atmosphere and the crowd getting behind you. So it is going to be exciting for the athletes.”

To be able to accommodate the running track and athletics field, the surface has been raised by almost 2 metres on a bed of metal stilts. Diggers have been located at Hampden for three months changing it from a football stadium, into a world class athletics stadium. BBC Scotland correspondent Jane Lewis said, “The only thing missing at the moment is the running track but that will be put down in due course.”

There will be a reduction in capacity of 8,000 seats, making the stadium 44,000 for the Commonwealth Games. With more than 1,000 athletes competing in the various events over just seven days, it makes for an exciting experience for spectators as they will be extremely close to the action.

Ian McKenzie from Glasgow 2014 was in charge of the transformation said, “The crowd are going to be close to the action and that’s going to be good from a spectator’s point of view and I’m sure it will make the athletes perform really well also.”