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Glasgow 2014 Reveals Revamped Hampden Park

Scotland’s national stadium, Hampden Park, has been unveiled by Glasgow 2014 following its transformation into a world-class athletics arena.

The centrepiece at the heart of the Games, the arena will stage some of the most thrilling moments of the competition, with more than a thousand athletes going all out for gold and glory in over 48 events in seven days.

Hampden Park is already a legendary venue and scene of many international moments of intense sporting drama, but months of construction were required to prepare it to host athletics at next month’s Commonwealth Games.

The stadium’s stunning technologically-led transformation is now complete and features a revolutionary solution which has raised its surface by almost two metres, gaining the width and length required for an IAAF-approved athletics track.

Along with the track, a full infield complete with freshly-cut grass sits on a temporary deck made up of 1,000 base panels, which are supported by over 6,000 structural steel stilts. The recognisable Mondo track surface has been laid and lanes marked with the Glasgow 2014 start and finish lines painted in position.

“The spectacular transformation of Hampden Park from iconic football stadium to world-class athletics venue is an achievement of which Glasgow and Scotland can be justifiably proud,” said David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014. “This is a world-first solution in a great venue, creating an excellent sporting field of play and we can’t wait for the elite athletes of the Commonwealth to come and experience the thrill of competing here.”

“The completion of Hampden marks a very special moment in our journey to the starting line of what will be the biggest and best sporting festival Scotland has ever hosted,” he added. “Together with our partners, our volunteers and hundreds of thousands of spectators, we aim to make this this best Commonwealth Games ever!”

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