Commonwealth Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

Coordinates: 55°50′50″N 4°12′28.95″W / 55.84722°N 4.2080417°W / 55.84722; -4.2080417
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Commonwealth Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome
Emirates Arena
Emirates Arena - Glasgow.jpg
Emirates Arena during the 2018 European Championships
Former namesNational Indoor Sports Arena (NISA)
LocationDalmarnock, Glasgow, Scotland
Coordinates55°50′50″N 4°12′28.95″W / 55.84722°N 4.2080417°W / 55.84722; -4.2080417
OwnerGlasgow City Council
Capacity8,200 (tennis)
6,500 (basketball)
5,000 (arena)
2,000 (velodrome)
1,650 (sports hall)
Broke ground2009
Opened6 October 2012
Construction cost£113m
ArchitectSport Concepts, 3D Reid; Ralph Schürmann, Germany (track)
General contractorSir Robert McAlpine
2014 Commonwealth Games
Caledonia Gladiators

The Commonwealth Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, known for sponsorship reasons as the Emirates Arena,[1] is an indoor arena and velodrome in Dalmarnock, Glasgow, Scotland.[2] Built for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, these venues hosted 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.


It was built on a 12.5-hectare (31-acre) site at a cost of £113 million.[1] The construction work took place between 2009 and 2012.[2] The venue opened in October 2012.

In September 2017, neighbours Celtic F.C. had plans approved for the construction of a hotel complex within their land, situated directly across the road from the arena and velodrome.[3]

Indoor arena[edit]

Glasgow Rocks' first home game at the Emirates Arena, October 2012

The Indoor Arena has a capacity of 6,500[4] and during the Commonwealth Games it had twelve badminton courts in three indoor sports halls.[5] The arena has a hydraulically lifted 200m indoor running track that hosted the Aviva International Match, which will move from Kelvin Hall.[5]

At the start of the 2012–13 British Basketball League 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 8 November 2012 it was announced by the League that the arena would become the venue for the final of the BBL Trophy.

In 2015 the Great Britain Davis Cup team played the United States in the first round and Australia in the Semi-final at the 2015 Davis Cup, featuring top British player and world number three Andy Murray. The arena capacity was expanded to 8,200 for the semi-final to comply with requirements for the Davis Cup.[6] Great Britain played again at the arena for the 2016 Davis Cup semifinals.

The arena was the main venue for the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships.


Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome: UCI Track World Cup 2012

The Velodrome has a 250-metre indoor track with a capacity of 2,500 (2,000 seated),[2] expanding to 4,500 (4,000 seated) with temporary seating during the Games.[5] The Velodrome is named after Olympic and Commonwealth gold-medal winning Scottish cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, who was, at the time, Britain's most successful Olympic athlete.

It opened in October 2012, and hosted a round of the 2012–13 UCI Track Cycling World Cup series[7] In August 2013, it hosted the 2013 UCI Juniors Track World Championships. It was the venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The velodrome hosted the European Track Cycling Championships, which was part of the first European Sports Championships.[8][9]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Glasgow unveils naming rights deal for Emirates Arena". Glasgow Life. Archived from the original on 27 July 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "National Indoor Sports Arena". Robert McAlpine. 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Celtic get go-ahead for hotel and museum project". BBC News. 28 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Emirates Arena & Velodrome". Sir Robert McAlpine. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "National Indoor Sports Arena (NISA) & Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome Precinct". 2014 Commonwealth Games website. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  6. ^ "Emirates Arena expanded to Host Davis Cup semi final".
  7. ^ UK Sport – Glasgow's Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome to host round of 2012/13 UCI Track World Cup
  8. ^ "Leading sports bring together their European championships in 2018". European Athletics. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
  9. ^ Grohmann, Karolos (26 March 2015). "New kid on the block as European sports championships launched for 2018". Reuters. Retrieved 7 November 2015.

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