Sporting City

One of the World's top Sporting Cities

Glasgow’s rise as one of the world’s top sporting cities has been secured thanks to the city’s investment in world-class facilities, its international events programme, commitment to increasing participation and leaving a lasting legacy for future generations.

Building on the success of the best ever Commonwealth Games in 2014, the city’s golden era of sport has continued, with the city proudly hosting the FIG World Gymnastics Championships (2015); the IPC Swimming World Championships (2015); two historic Davis Cup ties (2016); the 2017 World Badminton Championships and co-hosting the inaugural European Championships with the city of Berlin in August 2018.

Brand new £3.7 million Glasgow BMX centre opens

Glasgow’s newest sport facility, the Glasgow BMX Centre, was officially opened today (Thursday 28 February).

The centre was the only permanent venue constructed for use in the inaugural Glasgow 2018 European Championships, and the track’s 8 metre ramp makes it Scotland’s only World and Olympic standard BMX track – and just the second in the United Kingdom.

The opening of the BMX Centre also means Glasgow is now the only city in the world capable of hosting all four Olympic cycling discipline events (BMX, Mountain Bike, Road and Track) within the city boundary. The others are the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome at Emirates Arena, Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails and the city's streets.

The facility, which was funded by Glasgow City Council, sportscotland, Glasgow 2018, and HSBC/British Cycling, is now open for use by local communities and clubs – ensuring a lasting legacy for young talented athletes and BMX newcomers alike.

As part of the construction of the site, Glasgow City Council also carried out work to create and improve cycle links to and from the venue.

The main track accommodates riders of all ages and abilities, and features two start ramps (5 metres and 8 metres) for advanced riders and competition use. Glasgow Life will manage the facility on behalf of Glasgow City Council, and riders can rent all the required equipment on site, including bikes, helmets and other protective gear – either by item or as a package.

For first-timers, a coached induction session is required which will introduce riders to basic BMX skills, as well as track use and etiquette.

A smaller, free-to-use and fully floodlit pump track is also located in the venue and can be used by riders for any non-motorised wheeled activity including bikes, skateboards and scooters.

Sporting Events 2019

European Athletics Indoor Championships

Glasgow hosted the prestigious European Athletics Indoor Championships from 1st – 3rd March 2019.

The event saw over 600 athletes from 50 nations take to the track for six sessions of action packed sport across three days of intense competition.

Glasgow’s Emirates Arena has quickly become Scotland’s ‘home’ of world-class sport since opening in 2012. Purpose-built for major international sporting events, it boasts a 5500-seater main arena alongside the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

In addition to being the home of the bi-annual British Athletics Indoor Grand Prix, the Emirates Arena has played host too many other international sporting events including the 2017 TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships, Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics, Davis Cup Tennis, UCI Track World Cup, and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Track Cycling and Badminton.

Internationally renowned venues

Glasgow has a vast array of exceptional world-class sporting facilities, which are owned by Glasgow City Council. These include the Kelvin Hall, Scotstoun Sports Campus, Tollcross International Aquatics Centre and Toryglen Regional Football Centre. Both Scotstoun and Tollcross underwent extensive refurbishment ahead of Glasgow’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games in 2014 at a cost of £18 million (€20 million, US$23 million, CA$31 million, AU$32 million) and £17 million (€19 million, US$22 million, CA$29 million, AU$30.6 million) respectively.

The city is also home to Scotland's largest football stadia: Celtic Park (60,355 seats), Ibrox Stadium (50,947 seats) and Hampden Park (51,866 seats), which is Scotland's national football stadium.

Hampden Park holds the European record for attendance at a football match when 149,547 fans saw Scotland play England in 1937. This was before British stadia became all-seated

World-Class Golf on Our Doorstep

Playing two rounds a day it would take almost seven weeks to complete the grand tour of Glasgow and its surrounding areas' many and varied courses!

There are an estimated 94 courses, underlining why Glasgow is known as the ‘dear green place’, given the huge swathes of land given over to the Royal & Ancient game.

Glasgow is ideally located to allow golf enthusiasts the opportunity to explore a range of fantastic courses, including renowned championship courses. With so many courses to choose from the only challenge will be deciding which one to experience first.

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