Physical Regeneration

2014 Commonwealth
Games / Athlete’s Village

The staging of the most successful Commonwealth Games in history played a significant role in helping to address some of the physical issues across the Clyde Gateway area.

The construction of a new sports facility on a vacant 10.5 hectare site in Dalmarnock began in early 2010 and less than three years later, having been named after a commercial sponsor and Scotland’s greatest Olympian, the Emirates Arena & Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome opened its doors in October 2012.

Costing £113 million, the complex provides a fantastically flexible structure across three sports halls as well as being the biggest community sports centre in Scotland with dance and fitness studios, multi-court areas and sauna.

It is also home to a number of sports governing bodies and to the Glasgow Rocks basketball team who on 7 October 2012 hosted the first event in the Arena before a sell-out crowd of more than 5,000 fans. Badminton and cycling were staged here during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Directly across the road from the Arena / Velodrome, the Athletes’ Village was built on a 38-hectare site.

It was home during the Games to 6,500 athletes and officials, after which it was converted to accommodate an initial 700 houses and flats, 300 of which were for purchase with the remainder for rent through a number of community-based social registered landlords. The site is also home to a 120-bed care ho me for the elderly and Glasgow City Council constructed a new nursery and primary schools which opened in 2018.

Further information on activities at the arena and velodrome can be found on the website.