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Commonwealth Arena

Glasgow City

Project Details

£50M or more

New Build



Gresham House , 45 West Nile Street , GLASGOW , G1 2PT , United Kingdom

Glasgow’s Commonwealth Arena, incorporating the Indoor Sports Arena & Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, is the only completely new sports facility to be used as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The complex is also designed for its legacy use as both a centre for sporting excellence, and as a community sports facility. The Indoor Sports Arena provides a 200m running track with hydraulically operated raised track bends, has seating configured for approx 5,000 spectators, a 60m hurdles track, an associated 100m warm-up track, and throwing and jumping areas. It is also designed to be used for a variety of other sports including gymnastics, basketball, netball, volleyball, badminton and tennis events. Telescopic and movable seating platforms allow seating numbers to be adjusted to suit the different event configurations. During the 2014 Commonwealth Games the Velodrome will host all track cycling events and the Indoor Sports Arena will host the Badminton event, with the seating arranged to provide close to 7,000 seats. Adjacent to the Indoor Sports Arena is a Sports Hall, designed to accommodate three Basketball courts or a single court with approx 1,000 seat viewing capacity. The Velodrome has a 250m indoor high banked timber cycle track with approx 2,000 seats, standing room for 500 spectators around the track bends, and space to erect additional temporary seating during the Commonwealth Games. The Velodrome infield floor area is also designed to accommodate indoor roller sports, BMX bike events and other related activities. Community sports facilities provided include dance studios, a fitness suite, treatment rooms, a spa complex and a cafe, all of which will be operated as part of the Glasgow Club. There are also three outdoor 5-a-side football pitches and a 1 kilometre external cycle track loop. As well as operational offices, the building provides office space for various National Governing Sports Bodies and a fully catered Function Suite seating up to 150 people.