GLASGOW'S Year of Sport will get underway in spectacular style this weekend when over 21,000 fans pack into the city's iconic Emirates Arena for the Davis Cup clash between Great Britain and the USA.
The £113million Emirates Arena, in the city's East End, has been transformed into a temporary tennis venue for what is shaping up to be three days world-class action between two of the sport's greatest rivals.
British number 1 Andy Murray will lead the home nation against the best players from the USA in front of capacity crowds each day for the eagerly anticipated World Group tie.
The Davis Cup kick-starts what promises to be an unforgettable year of sport in Glasgow with the IPC Swimming World Championships and the World Gymnastics Championships also set to take centre stage in the city.
In the summer more than 650 swimmers from 50 countries will go for gold at the IPC Swimming World Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre (13 - 19 July).
Just three months later the 10-day World Gymnastics Championships take place at the SSE Hydro (23 October - 1 November), which is already promising to be one of the biggest sporting events ever staged in the UK.
It will bring together more than 500 gymnasts from 80 nations. Up for grabs will be the coveted title of world champion as well places at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
All three events are being delivered with the support of Glasgow Life on behalf of Glasgow City Council with funding from EventScotland.
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "Glasgow's sporting reputation has never been higher after delivering the best ever Commonwealth Games and being named as one of the world's top 10 sporting cities during the last year.
"But 2015 is Glasgow's Year of Sport, with some of the world's leading events and sports stars set to take centre stage in the city over the coming months, starting with this weekend's Davis Cup showdown with Great Britain and the USA.
"Our attention will then turn to the IPC Swimming World Championships and World Gymnastics Championships, when we will welcome the world's very best para swimmers and gymnasts to our great city.
"This is Glasgow's Year of Sport and we are ready to shine on the world stage."
Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland, said: “Glasgow’s position as a global sporting city has never been stronger following the success of Glasgow 2014, which underlined our capacity, capability and credibility within the international sports sector.
"From the Davis Cup this week, to the IPC Swimming World Championships and World Gymnastics Championships later in the year, the city continues to host some of the most prestigious events in world sport. Following the Games we have also worked to secure the 2017 World Badminton Championships, 2018 European Swimming Championships and the 2020 Men’s World Curling Championships, which underlines the confidence international federations have in Glasgow and Scotland as a whole.
“We have consistently seen the appetite and the passion shown by crowds in Glasgow, and I am sure the stands will be in great voice this weekend as Great Britain takes on the USA at the Emirates Arena.
"Furthermore we have demonstrated that sporting events have a significant economic impact on the city through increased visitors and associated business contracts, while global media coverage showcases Scotland to the world.”