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Glasgow hands in Commonwealth bid
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An artist's impression of how Hampden Park would look
Details of Glasgow's plans to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games have been unveiled as the city lodged its bid.

Both Glasgow and its rivals from Abuja in Nigeria handed over their plans to the Commonwealth Games Federation at a ceremony in London.

Glasgow has promised a "compact" and "green" Games which would make the most of its existing sports venues.

Celtic Park would be the venue for the opening ceremony and Hampden would be transformed into an athletics arena.

Rangers' ground at Ibrox has been named as the venue for the seven-a-side rugby tournament.

Glasgow and its world class venues will be the ideal environment for records to be broken and personal bests shattered
Louise Martin
Chair of the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland

The cost of the Games is estimated at 288m, with 80% paid for by the Scottish Executive and the remainder funded by the local council.

Louise Martin, chair of the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland, said the Games could leave a lasting legacy for Scotland and the entire Commonwealth.

She said: "Our Candidate City File represents our vision for the Games in 2014.

"A vision of an athlete-centred Games with everything geared towards helping every athlete achieve the extraordinary.

Artist's impression of Velodrome
There are plans to construct a Velodrome if the bid succeeds

"A vision of a city and a country leaving a legacy of sport and opportunity throughout the Commonwealth for generations to come.

"The document is over 600 pages long but three words best sum up the Glasgow story - People, place and passion."

Organisers also said that the Games would see significant brownfield sites in Glasgow brought back into constructive use.

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce chief executive Dr Lesley Sawers welcomed the next stage in the bid.

Social housing

She said: "The handing over of the official 2014 bid document suddenly brings the reality of the Commonwealth Games so much closer.

"Anyone who reads this document can be left in no doubt that, although the Games are seven years away, we are well advanced in our preparations - both in terms of organisation and of the actual venues that will be needed."

A Games village would also be created with more than 1,000 homes built on the banks of the Clyde at Dalmarnock, which would eventually be available for sale and social housing after the event.

A final decision on the 2014 Games venue will be made in November.


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