Glasgow 2014 was the biggest multi-sports event that Scotland has ever hosted, which brought over 6,000 athletes and officials from 71 commonwealth nations and territories to Scotland to compete in 17 different sports over 11 days.
The 17 sports of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games were:
Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby 7s, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting & Wrestling.
The Commonwealth Games Federation in co-operation with the International Paralympics Committee secured 22 medal events (across 5 sports) for Elite Athletes with Disabilities. During the Games, the International Paralympics Committee had the responsibility for the technical control and direction of these events. Unlike the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games para-sports were fully integrated into the sporting programme.
Glasgow's Bid to host the Games was, among other reasons, successful because 70% of the venues were already built. 90% of venues are within a 20 minute drive of the Athletes Village putting the needs of athletes at the centre of the Games. Some events - such as shooting and diving - will took place outside Glasgow.
Work to build or upgrade the remaining venues were delivered in time and on budget. The Commonwealth Arena & Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome opened to the public in October 2012. The majority of the construction projects were under the control of Glasgow City Council. External construction of the new 50m swimming pool at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre was completed and the pool re-opened to the public on 24 May 2013. Refurbishment work on the Royal Commonwealth Pool undertaken and the facility was re-opened on 20 March 2012. The newly built Glasgow National Hockey Centre and Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails opened to the public in summer 2013. The SSE Hydro opened to the public on 30 September 2013.
Construction work started on the Athletes Village in June 2011. The Village is located in Dalmarnock and accommodated approximately 6,500 competitors and officials in accommodation built to the highest environmental standards.
The most obvious legacy benefit from the Games will be the physical regeneration of large parts of the east end of Glasgow. The Athletes Village was the base for the athletes during the Games and was situated within walking distance of the Commonwealth Arena and Celtic Park where the Opening Ceremony took place on 23 July 2014. After the Games, the Village will become a thriving new residential area with around 700 homes, with a mix of private and social housing including around 400 rented homes and a 120 bed care home for the elderly, all with a BRE EcoHomes excellent rating or equivalent. The site is Scotland’s first large-scale carbon neutral housing development.