6 Dec

Hampden Begins Transformation

Hampden Stadium

Work has begun to transform the interior of Hampden Park into a world-class athletics arena for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The famous turf is being lifted as the stadium is given a new look to gain the width and length required for an IAAF-approved athletics track.

Hampden will play host to the Commonwealth's elite track and field athletes as they go head-to-head for gold at next year's Games. The playing surface will be raised by more than 6ft on a grid of structural steel stilts - the first time the technology has been used on this scale. For Games time, the arena will be transformed into a 44,000-seater stadium before returning to its current 52,000 capacity following the end of the Games. Work is expected to be finished by mid-May 2014 with the venue playing host to the 2014 Scottish Schools Athletics Championships in June.

David Grevemberg, chief executive of Glasgow 2014 said: "Hampden is already known the world-over as the home of Scottish football and we are thrilled that our exciting, innovative and sustainable plans will temporarily transform one of the world's great football stadiums into a fantastic athletics competition venue for the elite athletes of the Commonwealth.

"The stadium - and the packed crowds inside it - will undoubtedly create a fantastic atmosphere for these great Commonwealth athletes and we look forward to welcoming them to the heart of Hampden, the heart of Glasgow and Scotland and the heart of the Games."

For more information, visit the Glasgow 2014 website.