Situated in Glasgow's east end, The Commonwealth Arena is set to become the jewel in the city's sporting crown. Glasgow is striving to establish itself on the world sporting stage and it is facilities like this that will go a long way to securing this.
What's all there?
This world class sports facility will comprise of
- 5000 seat indoor arena
- 2000 seat Velodrome/extreme wheeled sports centre
- 3 sports halls/1500 capacity event area
- Dance Studio
- Glasgow Club Gym (55 equipment stations)
- 4 outdoor 5-a-side pitches
- Conditioning Suite
- Conference facilities
- Spa facilities (including beauty treatment)
Who else will be there?
The headquarters of a number of sports’ national governing bodies will also be located within the building and the Glasgow Rocks Pro Basketball team will use the venue as their home venue.
Why did we build it?
The Scottish Executive’s Strategy “Reaching Higher: Building on the Success of Sport 21” has two key overarching aims of increasing participation and improving performance. The report highlights that “Quality facilities are fundamental to the strategy’s delivery. The availability, accessibility and quality of facilities influence whether people take part in sport, which sports they enjoy, how often they participate and how well they perform. The quality of national facilities also influences our ability to attract major events to Scotland.”
The Commonwealth Arena and the Velodrome are key components of sportscotland’s National and Regional Sports Facilities Strategy which identified the need for significant investment to develop well designed, modern, accessible and affordable facilities.
The Commonwealth Sports Arena was also a key feature in Glasgow’s successful 2014 Commonwealth Games Bid, and will subsequently enjoy a high profile both locally and nationally. Due to the size and flexibility of the venue and the facilities available, it will appeal to a wide range of target groups.
The project is a partnership between Glasgow City Council, Scottish Executive/Sportscotland and Scottish Enterprise.