2014 Commonwealth Games

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XX Commonwealth Games
2014 Commonwealth Games Logo.svg
Host city Glasgow, Scotland
Motto People, Place, Passion
Nations participating 70 Commonwealth Teams
Events 261 in 17 Sports
Opening ceremony 23 July 2014
Closing ceremony 3 August 2014
Queen's Baton Final Runner TBC
Main venue Celtic Park (opening ceremony)
Hampden Park (closing ceremony)
Website www.glasgow2014.com

2014 Commonwealth Games

The 2014 Commonwealth Games, officially the XX Commonwealth Games, will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom over 11 days of competition from 23 July to 3 August 2014.


It will be the largest multi-sport event ever held in Scotland, although the country previously hosted the 1970 and 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh. Over the last 10 years, however, Glasgow and Scotland had staged World, Commonwealth, European, or British events in all 17 sports proposed for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, including the World Badminton Championships in 1997.[1]

Selection process[edit]

Special liveries in support of Glasgow's bid were applied to numerous subway cars.

Scotland was the first country to consider hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games in 2004, with Scottish cities being invited by the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland to consider making a bid. In September 2004, Glasgow was announced as the Scottish candidate city over Edinburgh (which hosted the Games in 1970 and 1986, and the inaugural Commonwealth Youth Games in 2000) following a cost-benefit analysis by the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland. The Scottish Executive under then First Minister of Scotland, Jack McConnell, with the support of the United Kingdom government and all main parties in the Scottish Parliament, formally announced Glasgow's intention to host the games on 16 August 2005.[2][3]

In March 2006, the bidding process began, with the Glasgow Bid team presenting their case to the Commonwealth Games Federation at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, along with the other confirmed candidate cities; the Nigerian capital, Abuja and Halifax in Canada.[4] In October 2006, the first voting delegates arrived in Glasgow, to inspect the city's existing and proposed amenities and facilities. Glasgow announced on 16 January 2007, the 17 sports to be included should its bid be successful.[5] Halifax later withdrew its bid on 8 March 2007, following the withdrawal of funding from the municipal government.[6]

Glasgow city centre.

That left Abuja and Glasgow as the remaining bidders, with Abuja seen as a likely favourite due to the basis of its campaign that an African nation has never before hosted the Commonwealth Games.[7] The deadline for formal submission of bids to the Commonwealth Games Federation, in the form of a Candidate City File, was set for May 2007.[8] Both bids were highly recommended, though Glasgow's bid team had made use of extensive benchmarking against the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and as a result, its bid was deemed technically superior according to the CGF Evaluation Report that was released in September 2007. The Commonwealth Games Evaluation Commission concluded that: "Glasgow has shown it has the ability to stage the 2014 Commonwealth Games to a standard which would continue to enhance the image and prestige of the Games." This put Glasgow ahead in terms of the technical comprehensiveness of its bid.[9]

The final decision on the host city of the 2014 Commonwealth Games was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 9 November 2007 at the Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly, attended by all 71 Commonwealth Games member associations. Each bid city made a presentation to the General Assembly, the order of which was determined by drawing lots. Glasgow's delegation was led by Louise Martin, chair of the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland, First Minister Alex Salmond, athlete Jamie Quarry and Leader of Glasgow City Council Steven Purcell. The presentation also included a promotional film narrated by Sean Connery.[10] Abuja's delegation was led by General Yakubu Gowon, head of the Abuja 2014 Commonwealth Games bid team.

The CGF members subsequently voted for their preferred candidate in a secret ballot. As there were only two bids, the winner was announced by the CGF President, Mike Fennell, after the first round of voting, with the winner only requiring a simple majority. The results of the bidding process were

2014 Commonwealth Games bidding results
City Country Votes
Glasgow Scotland 47
Abuja Nigeria 24



Celtic Park will host the Opening Ceremony of the Games.

One of the key technical aspects of Glasgow's successful bid was the fact that the city already has 70 percent of the planned venues in place. The vast majority of venues are located within 20-minutes driving time of the Athletes' Village in Dalmarnock and are broadly grouped into three clusters; in the East End, South Side and West End districts of the city. The only sports held outside the Greater Glasgow area will be the Diving and Full-Bore Shooting events.[11]

Main stadia[edit]

Hampden Park, Scotland's National Football Stadium, located on the South Side, will be the main venue for Athletics and the Closing Ceremony, while Celtic Park, located in the East End, will be used for the Opening Ceremony.[12]

East End Cluster[edit]

The Emirates Arena has been constructed at Parkhead in the East End of the city, the velodrome itself is situated opposite Celtic Park, which will be used for the opening ceremony. These venues will become the headquarters of Sportscotland and Scottish Cycling, and will also host Badminton as well as Track cycling.

The Road cycling and Cycling Time-trial events will start and finish at Glasgow Green. Glasgow Green will also be the venue for field hockey and will see the construction of a new Glasgow National Hockey Centre.

The Athletes' Village will be located adjacent to the National Indoor Sports Arena and Velodrome in Dalmarnock at Cuningar Loop on the banks of the River Clyde. The village will form the centrepiece of the wider Clyde Gateway Project, a strategic £1.6 billion inner city regeneration project for the East End of the city.[13][14][15] The village masterplan, designed by RMJM, covers a 35 hectare site and will be purpose-built to house 6,000 athletes and officials in 2,500 residential units and leave a legacy of regeneration in this deprived district of the city.

Tollcross Park Aquatics Centre, also in the East End, will be the venue for Race swimming events. It already has one Olympic standard 50-metre swimming pool, which will be extensively upgraded, and a second 50-metre pool is also to be added for the Games as a warm-up facility. The existing permanent seating capacity will also be increased by 1000. Combined with additional temporary seating there will be over 5,000 seats for the Games in 2014.

West End Cluster[edit]

The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, located in the West End of the city, will host Wrestling, Judo and Boxing, as well as the Main Press Centre and the International Broadcast Centre, benefiting from its strategic position adjacent to the headquarters of BBC Scotland and STV at Pacific Quay. The Clyde Auditorium will host Weightlifting, whilst the new Scottish Hydro Arena will be used for the Gymnastics and Netball events.

The Bowls competitions will take place in Kelvingrove Park.

Kelvingrove Park, also in the city's West End, will be the venue for Bowls and already has five bowling greens installed for competitive use. A comprehensive upgrade and refurbishment of the park is underway. Kelvingrove Park is situated close to the SECC. Scotstoun Leisure Centre will host Table tennis and Squash.

South Side Cluster[edit]

Ibrox Stadium will host the Rugby Sevens tournament.

Ibrox Stadium, in the South Side, is the planned venue for the Rugby Sevens tournament. Mountain biking will be held on the Cathkin Braes in Rutherglen, the Royal Burgh neighbouring the City. The Marathon will also begin and end at Hampden Park in the South Side, which is hosting all the track and field events.

Satellite Venues[edit]

Diving will be held at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, located 45 miles (72 km) to the east, which will also be holding the annual Edinburgh Festival at the same time as the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The Shooting competitions will take place at the Ministry of Defence full-bore rifle and clay target ranges at Barry Buddon, near Dundee, which were also used in the 1986 Commonwealth Games. There will be temporary ranges built for the small-bore rifle and pistol events.

Strathclyde Country Park, on the eastern outskirts of Glasgow, beside Hamilton and Motherwell, will host the Triathlon event.


Over two billion pounds[16] will have been spent on enhancements to the city's transport infrastructure by 2014, including completion of major motorway links, such as the M74 and East End Regeneration Route. There are also planned improvements to public transport provision, such as the Clyde Fastlink project and the refurbishment of Dalmarnock railway station and the stations on the Glasgow Subway.

All venues in the Glasgow area will be directly served by the city's extensive railway and subway network, with its main interchange at Glasgow Central/St Enoch, including Hampden Park, as well as the other major venues served by either the central Argyle Line or Subway.

There are also ongoing improvements to the River Clyde such as the construction of new bridges and development of river-based transport.[17]

In terms of utilities, Glasgow has a comprehensive mains electricity network supplied by the National Grid, which is operated by Scottish Power and generated from an increasing share of renewable sources, such as Whitelee Wind Farm. More flexible electricity supplies are also readily available, with mobile generating specialists Aggreko, based in the city. Scottish Water operates Glasgow's primary water supply, which is sourced from Loch Katrine and enters the city via the state-of-the-art Milngavie water treatment works. The city has a world class healthcare sector administered by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Strathclyde Police have a proven track record in providing security at high profile events such as the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final and the 2005 G8 summit. Glasgow currently has some 11,870 hotel rooms, including three 5-star hotels. There are plans for eight new hotels in and around Glasgow. Ranging from 3 to 5 star accommodation; they will collectively provide a further 1,445 beds by 2014.[18] The Glasgow City Marketing Bureau has also obtained contractual agreements from 67 hotels in the city to guarantee room rates with no minimum length of stay.[19] In terms of telecommunications, Glasgow was voted the Intelligent Community of the Year in 2004 by the Intelligent Community Forum, in recognition of the city's comprehensive level of Broadband Internet access and highly developed 3G and Wi-Fi networks.[20][21][22]

Financing and administration[edit]

On 14 November 2007, the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, announced that with the disbandment of the Bid Committee, headed by Louise Martin, Chair of the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland and Bid Director, Derek Casey, a new Organising Committee and formal Business plan, for implementing the 2014 Commonwealth Games and securing its legacy, would be established within 100 days.[23]

The Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council have agreed to underwrite the Organising Committee's net running costs of staging the Games, which is currently budgeted at £523.6m. This will be on the basis of an 80/20 split. It is expected that the majority of the 80% of costs to be covered by the Scottish Government will be new money committed to the sports and major events budget. Other capital expenditure is taking place in addition to the Organising Committee's budget, principally on venue infrastructure. Only three entirely new venues are required to stage the games, which are budgeted at a combined total of £200 million and additions to existing venues will cost an additional £70 million, although most of this investment had been planned to take place regardless of the bid result.[24] The Games Village is projected to cost some £229 million and will be developed through a Public Private Partnership scheme.[25] Following the announcement on 9 November 2007 that Glasgow will host the Games, the Scottish Parliament passed the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill. This legislation aims to protect the Games from Ambush marketing and ticket touts, while putting powers in place to address matters such as transport and land purchase. The Glasgow Commonwealth Games Act 2008, received Royal Assent on 10 June 2008[26]

On 8 February 2008, Sir Robert Smith was appointed as Chair of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games organising company. Smith is the former Chairman of the Weir Group, CEO of Morgan Grenfell Private Equity and BBC Governor and chairman for the Broadcasting Council for Scotland.[27]

As reported by Olympic news source, Glasgow 2014 chief executive John Scott resigned in June 2011 after "accepting, and not declaring, an offer from one of Glasgow 2014's potential Suppliers, in breach of the Organising Committee's strict Gifts and Gratuities policy." Smith announced that David Grevemberg, the chief operating officer, will take over for Scott until a permanent replacement is named.[28]

Participating nations[edit]

There will be 70 participating nations at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[29] On 7 October 2013, The Gambia announced that it would not be taking part in the games.[30]


The following table shows a summary of the competition schedule.[31]

OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Event finals CC Closing ceremony
July/August 23
Ceremonies OC CC
Athletics 4 7 7 7 9 7 9 50
Badminton 1 5 6
Boxing 13 11
Cycling 4 4 5 4 2 2 2 23
Diving 3 2 3 2 10
Gymnastics 1 1 4 2 2 5 5 20
Hockey 1 1 2
Judo 5 4 5 14
Lawn bowls 1 2 2 2 3 10
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 Events 20 22 30 23 27 31 19 25 20 33 11 261
Cumulative total 20 42 72 95 122 153 172 197 217 250 261
July/August 23


There are a total of 17 sports and 261 medal events that will be contested at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[32] A record 22 para-sport events will be contested in five different sports (athletics, cycling, lawn bowls, swimming and weightlifting) para track cycling will be held for the very first time.[33] Archery and tennis from the 2010 games were replaced on the sports program with triathlon (for the first time since 2006)[34] and judo (first time since 2002). Among sport disciplines removed from 2010 include the walking events in athletics, synchronised swimming and Greco-Roman wrestling, while mountain biking will be contested for the first time since 2006. Shooting medal events also dropped from 44 in 2010 to 19. Among new disciplines on the Commonwealth Games program for the first time are the triathlon mixed relay event, more shooting medal chances for women and the addition of women's boxing to the program.[35][36]

Numbers in parentheses indicate the number of medal events contested in each sport.

Games identity[edit]


Interim and bid logo.

The interim logo for the Games was first used during Glasgow's bid, with the "Candidate City" section removed following 9 November 2007, when the bid was approved. The logo depicts two Sprinters woven into a tartan motif, representing Scotland. The logo also vaguely resembles the Clyde Auditorium, one of Glasgow's most recognisable landmarks. The pattern, forming the Roman numerals XX, also represents the fact that the 2014 Commonwealth Games are the 20th time the games will have been held. The text is more specifically Glaswegian, with its stylised Mackintosh font. A flag featuring the logo was used extensively during the bid process. The flag was flown above Merchant House in George Square daily.[37]


The official logo for the 2014 Commonwealth Games was unveiled on Commonwealth Day, 8 March 2010.[38] Designed by Marque Creative, it was inspired by three factors, time, data and measurement. Its rings are proportioned to represent the 20th Commonwealth Games, across 17 sports, over 11 days in 1 city. An animated version of the logo has also been produced.[39]

There is also a version of the logo in Scottish Gaelic. Arthur Cormack, the Chair of Bòrd na Gàidhlig, made the following official statement:

"Bòrd na Gàidhlig welcomes the Gaelic version of the logo for the Glaschu 2014 Commonwealth Games and we have been happy to work with the Glaschu 2014 team in helping them develop their identity. Given the unique importance of Gaelic to Scotland and the many Scots in the diaspora throughout the Commonwealth, we believe it should be seen, heard and spoken as widely as possible.
"Given the worldwide interest there will be in the Games when they take place in Glasgow, a city with a large number of Gaelic speakers, we believe they offer an exciting opportunity for Gaelic to be seen and, we hope, heard and appreciated in an international setting. We hope this is just the start; we wish the Games well and look forward to working further with Glaschu 2014 to enhance the status of Gaelic within this hugely significant event."[40]

The full Games identity was developed by Glasgow design studio Tangent Graphic, the lead creative agency. Tangent's first major project was the official sport Pictograms, launched on 23 July 2011.

The official website was built in phases, delivered by Dog Digital and Blonde.


Clyde, a thistle named after the river, will be the official mascot of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The mascot was designed by Beth Gilmour, who won a competition run by Glasgow 2014 for children to design the Mascot. Beth's drawing was then brought to life by digital agency NERV who turned it into a commercial character, created a full backstory and gave it a name – Clyde. Clyde was finally revealed in a seven-minute animated film created by Nerv at a ceremony at BBC Scotland's headquarters in Glasgow. The organiser, Glasgow 2014, said the mascot's design was chosen, because of its "Scottish symbolism and Glaswegian charm and likeability".[41]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Blair enjoys Games as tour begins
  3. ^ "BBC News:Scotland:Final push for Glasgow 2014 Games". BBC News website (BBC News). 5 November 2007. 
  4. ^ BBC News – Glasgow launches Commonwealth bid
  5. ^ BBC Sport – Glasgow reveals 2014 bid sports
  6. ^ BBC News – Commonwealth bid city pulls out
  7. ^ BBC News – Nigerians keen to host games
  8. ^ Glasgow 2014 – The Story so far[dead link]
  9. ^ BBC News – City ahead in Commonwealth race
  10. ^ Glasgow 2014 Presentation Transcript[dead link]
  11. ^ Glasgow 2014 – The Venues[dead link]
  12. ^ www.glasgow2014.com/games/venues/celtic-park
  13. ^ BBC News – Regeneration scheme funding boost
  14. ^ Clyde Gateway Project overview[dead link]
  15. ^ Evaluation Report (Page 88)
  16. ^ Candidate City File (Page 49)
  17. ^ SPT Subway extension plan
  18. ^ Evaluation Report (Page 177)
  19. ^ Evaluation Report (Page 71)
  20. ^ IFDS Glasgow[dead link]
  21. ^ Scotland.org – 'Intelligent Community of the Year-2004'
  22. ^ BBC News – City 'nets' new broadband award
  23. ^ Glasgow 2014 – Message from the First Minister on the Organising Company
  24. ^ Evaluation Report (Page 70)
  25. ^ City File (Page 130)
  26. ^ Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill
  27. ^ News Games Head
  28. ^ "Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive Resigns". Aroundtherings.com. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2012. 
  29. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-21687568
  30. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-2447730/The-Gambia-withdraw-Glasgow-2014-Commonwealth-Games.html
  31. ^ "Full competition schedule". Glasgow 2014 Ltd. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  32. ^ "Medal Event Programme for Glasgow 2014". Australian Commonwealth Games Association. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  33. ^ "Glasgow 2014 to Stage Biggest Ever Commonwealth Para-Sport Programme". International Paralympic Committee. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  34. ^ "No Triathlon at Delhi Games". Isle of Man Newspapers. 10 February 2007. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  35. ^ "Glasgow 2014 Sports Programme Finalized". www.glasgow2014.com. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  36. ^ "Commonwealth Games 2014: Women's boxing included". BBC. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  37. ^ britishflags.net, Glasgow Commonwealth Games Logo
  38. ^ Glasgow launches new logo for 2014 Commonwealth Games
  39. ^ Glasgow 2014 Logo Animation
  40. ^ Unveils identity | Glasgow 2014 – Commonwealth Games. Glasgow 2014 (8 March 2010). Retrieved on 17 July 2013.
  41. ^ "Thistle man Clyde is Glasgow Commonwealth Games mascot". BBC News Glasgow and West Scotland (British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)). 20 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 

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