The XX Commonwealth Games comes to Glasgow
With less than a week to go until the start of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels would like to take this opportunity to showcase just how ready Glasgow is to deliver a spectacular event combining great sporting history with world-class entertainment, cultural events and accommodation - Glasgow hotels are amongst the best in the UK.
Scotland's Commonwealth sporting history
The 2014 Commonwealth Games will be Scotland's largest ever multi-sport event and the third event of its kind. The country hosted the event twice before, both the 1970 and 1986 games were held in Edinburgh, but this will be the inaugural year for the city of Glasgow, a city which is widely known for its rich arts and cultural heritage.
Some 71 nations will participate in 17 sports with a total of 261 medal events. Over two billion pounds has been invested on improvements to the city's transport network, which will ensure easy access in and around Glasgow, especially to the key hosting venues of the Main Stadia and East and West End Clusters.
A whole host of entertainment and culture too
Aside from the sporting action, Glasgow will be hosting Festival 2014, to run in parallel with the Games. This promises to deliver all of the best entertainment and culture from across Scotland, the UK and beyond.
Many of Glasgow's historic indoor and outdoor venues including famous parks and streets will be packed with entertainment and cultural events from before the Games even kick off, with special events set to run from 19th July right through to the final day of the Games on 3rd August.
At the centre of the festival will be four key venues; the Glasgow Green Live Zone, Merchant City Festival, Kelvingrove Bandstand and BBC at the Quay. Whether you want to watch all of the latest live sporting action happening in the Games on big screens, or fancy something more cultural such as a world premiere performance or getting involved in an arts activity, the festival will have something to suit all members of the family.
The famous BBC at the Quay will bring live versions of your favourite television programmes as well as bands and comedy performers to Glasgow for what promises to be the biggest clyde-side party Glasgow has ever seen.
Kelvingrove Park will be the place for families to go, with workshops, interactive science experiments, plus a host of sporting related games and activities designed to keep the family entertained throughout the day.