Glasgow 2014

Glasgow 2014: This event has closed and is no longer open to the public. The next Commonwealth Games will be held in Gold Coast, Australia in 2018.
The Glasgow article provides a more comprehensive guide to those visiting the city.

The XX Commonwealth Games were held in Glasgow, Scotland from 23 July to 3 August 2014. Most sports were competed within the City of Glasgow. Three sports were competed further away: the Traithlon was at Strathclyde Park about 15 miles SE of Glasgow, Diving is in Edinburgh about 50 miles from Glasgow, and shooting was at Barry Buddon near Dundee about 90 miles from Glasgow.

Understand

Participating Countries in the 2010 Games

The Commonwealth Games are a multi-sport games competed by national teams from countries in the Commonwealth. The games are similar in format to the Summer Olympics, and are held every four years, two years apart from the Olympics. The first games were held in 1930 as the British Empire Games.

The Commonwealth mainly consists of countries which used to be part of the British Empire, and 53 nations are members. However as the home nations of the UK and British Overseas Territories have their own teams there are 71 teams.

The Glasgow games were the sixth to be held in the UK and the third to be held in Scotland. The games were held in Edinburgh in 1970 and 1986, and in Manchester in 2002. A few of the venues used this year were used for earlier Edinburgh games, particularly the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh which is being used for diving for the third games.

Prepare

Tickets

Most tickets were sold in the initial draw in September 2013. There are some tickets for sale for some sports such as Rugby Sevens and Weightlifting. No tickets are required to watch the Marathon or Road Cycling.

Get in

See the Glasgow article for details.

Get around

See the Glasgow article for general information on getting around the city. The information here focuses on the games venues.

By rail

Glasgow has a fairly extensive suburban rail network, with most lines running three or six carriage electric trains. Many of the services run twice per hour between 07:00 and 22:00 or longer. Usually this is on a fairly predictable timetable with trains leaving at the same minutes after every hour. At the bigger stations you should buy a ticket before getting on the train, whilst at some smaller ones there are no ticket facilities and tickets (to anywhere in Scotland, England or Wales) are bought from staff on the train.

By underground

A subway train in livery backing the games bid in 2007

Glasgow has a small underground railway, called the Subway. This runs in a single loop, connecting the city centre and west end. It may be useful for going to Ibrox and Kelvingrove.

By road

Generally it is best to avoid driving to any of the venues, unless any of the party are disabled and have a UK blue disabled badge. Much of the parking normally available at venues is likely to be used for official parking or temporary facilities.

By bus

There is an extensive but confusing variety of buses in Glasgow. Journeys can be planned online using the National Journey Planner. Visitors unfamiliar with the city may find it easier to travel by train or subway.

Venues

East End Cluster

Commonwealth Sports Arena (Emirates Arena)
Main stand and Jock Stein Stand, Celtic Park

South Side Cluster

Hampden Park

West End Cluster

Satellite Venues

Edinburgh Royal Commonwealth Pool
Strathclyde Park

Schedule

OCOpening ceremony Event competitions 1Event finals CCClosing ceremony
July / August 23
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CeremoniesOC CC
Athletics 4 7 7 7 9 7 9 50
Badminton 1 5 6
Boxing 13 13
Cycling 4 4 3 5 2 2 2 22
Diving 3 2 2 2 9
Gymnastics 1 1 4 2 2 5 5 20
Hockey 1 1 2
Judo 4 4 5 13
Lawn Bowls 1 2 2 2 2 9
Netball 1 1
Rugby sevens 1 1
Shooting 3 5 2 4 5 19
Squash 2 1 2 5
Swimming 6 8 7 7 8 8 44
Table tennis 1 1 2 3 7
Triathlon 2 1 3
Weightlifting 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 4 19
Wrestling 5 5 4 14
Total event finals 19 22 28 24 27 31 19 25 18 33 11 257
Cumulative total 19 41 69 93 120 151 170 195 213 249 257
July / August 23
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Events

See

See the Glasgow article for all the city's attractions, but a few sights near to games venues are mentioned here.

East End Cluster

South Side Cluster

West End Cluster

Do

In addition to the games there are various cultural activities which have been arranged to coincide with the games.

Eat

Glasgow has many places to eat, for listings see Glasgow. This section only covers places to eat in the venues, or a short walk away.

East End Cluster

This part of Glasgow has a somewhat limited selection of places near the venues, and you may wish instead to eat in the city centre.

Drink

There is a cultural programme to accompany the games and over the rest of 2014.

Sleep

See the Glasgow article for details.

Some hotel prices in Glasgow have increased considerably from the normal summer levels. It may be sensible to look at accommodation outside the city, at other places in the Central Belt, or South West.

There are not many places to sleep near the East End Cluster, but the West End and South Side both have a reasonable selection of Hotels, B&Bs and Hostels.

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