2014 Commonwealth Games
On November 9, 2007, Scotland's bid to host the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 was successful.
The Scottish Government is one of three Scottish delivery partners in the Games, and will contribute 80 per cent to the net public cost of the Games. The other partners are Glasgow City Council, who will contribute 20 per cent to the net public cost of the Games and Commonwealth Games Scotland.
The Scottish Government
The Scottish Government is responsible for ensuring that all the necessary legislative measures are taken to ensure compliance with the requirements set out by the Commonwealth Games Federation. We are also responsible for ensuring delivery of major infrastructure projects already planned, and for the security of the Games. We work closely with Commonwealth Games delivery partners on the Games: Glasgow 2014 Ltd (the Organising Committee), Glasgow City Council, Commonwealth Games Scotland and have entered into a number of agreements with them to ensure the success of the Games. The Games Delivery Team represents Scottish Government's interests in all aspects of delivery of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The Glasgow 2014, and other major sporting events happening both in Scotland and in the UK between now and 2014, will bring a wealth of opportunities and are about far more than delivering world-class sport. They are about creating a lasting legacy for Scotland. They are about making faster progress towards a healthier nation, developing healthy communities and a strong and flourishing economy. Above all, they are about making the whole of Scotland fit for the future and enhancing Scotland's reputation internationally.
The full legacy plan - A games legacy for Scotland - was launched by the First Minister and Councillor Purcell of Glasgow City Council on 1 September, 2009. For the latest legacy information including the range of activity and opportunities visit the Legacy 2014 website www.legacy2014.co.uk.
The 100 Day Plan
Within minutes of the announcement in Sri Lanka the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament. This was the first step of a 100 Day Plan. Within 100 days Ministers appointed the Chair of the Organising and began to consult on our plans to secure a lasting legacy from the Games for all of Scotland.
The Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill 2008 was introduced by Nicola Sturgeon MSP on 9 November 2007 within minutes of the announcement from Sri Lanka that Glasgow's bid to host the XX Commonwealth Games had been successful.
After completing its Parliamentary stages successfully, the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Act 2008 received Royal Assent on 10 June 2008.
The Act gives effect to the commitments made by the Scottish Government as part of Glasgow's bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It provides the Scottish Ministers, Councils and the Organising Committee with the powers necessary to ensure the delivery of the Games and also provides the legislative framework needed to enable the Scottish Government to fulfil the requirement which the Commonwealth Games Federation place on host cities.
The Host City Contract
The Host City Contract sets out clearly the objectives and tasks needed to deliver a Commonwealth Games. The Host City Contract was signed on the 9 November 2007 by the Commonwealth Games Federation, Commonwealth Games Scotland, Glasgow 2014 Ltd. (the Organising Committee), the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council. In the Host City Contract the Scottish Government among other things undertakes to finance the Games to minimise tax and visa restrictions and support a joint marketing plan.
A range of guarantees were sought from a number of organisations and bodies to fulfil the requirements of the Host City Contract. They guaranteed financial support of the Games, protection of the rights of association, transport, and finance of the construction of some venues and secured the use of other venues, hotel accommodation, security, medical services, immigration, technology, off-set of climate change and facilitation of media operations.