£3m extension part of ‘transformation’ of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games athletics venue
Part of the work to transform Hampden Park from a football and concert venue into a world-class track and field arena has already been completed, with a £3 million extension creating ‘new and improved’ spectator facilities in Scotland’s National Stadium’s North Stand.
The work to extend the North Stand concourse, which has been funded by the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, includes an enhanced façade and improved catering, toilet and accessible facilities. It precedes additional work to be carried out inside Hampden later this year, which will see the surface raised by approximately 1.9m and the athletics track extended over the existing lower eight rows of seats. This will increase the area available for sports, providing the width and length needed for an international standard competition track.
The temporary track and raised surface of the arena will create a 44,000-seater stadium, which will host the Closing Ceremony for the Games as well as the track and field events. It will return to its current 52,000 capacity following the end of the Games.
“Hampden, Scotland’s National Stadium, is an iconic sporting arena that will undoubtedly create a fantastic atmosphere for both the athletes and spectators to enjoy in less than two years’ time and it is great to see the extension work of the North Stand complete well in advance of the Games,” commented Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg.
“We have exciting plans to temporarily transform Hampden to host our athletics competition in 2014, which will feature some of the fastest and most agile men and women on the planet.
“However these improvements to the North Stand are permanent and will not just benefit Games spectators, but those attending events that Hampden will host this summer and long after the Games has ended, which is a fantastic legacy for the stadium.”
The new-look North Stand concourse will welcome spectators for the first time at the Scottish Cup Final on Sunday.