Commonwealth Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

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Emirates Arena
Commonwealth Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome
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Emirates Arena
Location Parkhead, Glasgow
Scotland
Coordinates 55°50′50″N 4°12′28.95″W / 55.84722°N 4.2080417°W / 55.84722; -4.2080417Coordinates: 55°50′50″N 4°12′28.95″W / 55.84722°N 4.2080417°W / 55.84722; -4.2080417
Broke ground 2009
Opened 6 October 2012
Owner City of Glasgow
Construction cost £113m [1]
Architect 3D Reid; Ralph Schürmann, Germany (track)
General contractor Sir Robert McAlpine
Capacity 6,500 (Basketball)
5,000 (Arena)[2]
2,000 (Velodrome)[2]
Tenants
2014 Commonwealth Games
Glasgow Rocks
2012–13 UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Round 2
Emirates Arena on Glasgow Rocks Opening Night
Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome: UCI Track World Cup 2012

The Commonwealth Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, known for sponsorship reasons as the Emirates Arena,[1] is an indoor arena and velodrome in Parkhead, Glasgow, Scotland.[2] Built for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, these venues will host the badminton and track cycling events. Situated opposite Celtic Park in the East End of Glasgow, the complex is the headquarters of Sportscotland and Scottish Cycling.

Indoor Arena[edit]

The Indoor Arena has a capacity of 5,000 and during the Commonwealth Games it will host twelve badminton courts in three indoor sports halls.[3] The arena has a hydraulically lifted 200m indoor running track that will host the Aviva International Match, which will move from Kelvin Hall.[3]

Basketball[edit]

At the start of the 2012/13 season the Glasgow Rocks moved from the Kelvin Hall to the new arena. With their opening game against traditional arch-rivals Newcastle Eagles selling out. With 1,500 extra floor seats around the arena's running track, it became the largest arena of any club in the British Basketball League at the time, and on the 8th of November 2012 it was announced by the League that the arena would become the venue for the final of the BBL Trophy.

Velodrome[edit]

The Velodrome has a 250 meter indoor track with a capacity of 2,500 (2,000 seated), expanding to 4,500 (4,000 seated) with temporary seating during the Games.[3] The Velodrome is named after Olympic and Commonwealth gold-medal winning Scottish cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, Britain's most successful Olympic athlete.

It opened in October 2012, and hosted a round of the 2012/13 UCI Track World Cup series[4]

In August 2013, it hosted the 2013 UCI Juniors Track World Championships

The arena has parking for 416 cars and 26 disabled bays. Overflow parking is available at Celtic Park.

The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome during the World Cup Cycling Event in November 2012
The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome during the World Cup Cycling Event in November 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Glasgow unveils naming rights deal for Emirates Arena". Glasgow Life. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "National Indoor Sports Arena". Robert McAlpine. 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "National Indoor Sports Arena (NISA) & Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome Precinct". 2014 Commonwealth Games website. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  4. ^ UK Sport - Glasgow's Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome to host round of 2012/13 UCI Track World Cup

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