Glasgow 2014 has today (Friday 31 May) appointed Great Big Events (GBE) to deliver Sports Presentation for the Commonwealth Games ranging from providing in-stadia entertainment and information to the stage managing of medal ceremonies.
Working with the Sport Operations Team, GBE will educate and keep absorbed the anticipated packed crowds at Glasgow 2014’s 17 sports at every Games venue providing an atmosphere that inspires audiences and ensures the best environment for competing athletes to thrive in.
To get those attending involved and immersed in the action this will include sport announcements, commentary, video board content, in-venue music, agreed lighting and fun entertainment packages featuring Clyde, the Glasgow 2014 Official Mascot.
GBE will also stage manage the medal ceremonies at each competition venue, 261 in total, including the coordination of flags and anthems in line with agreed protocol.
As a supplier, GBE will be responsible for implementing agreed creative themes and delivering a positive Games experience within each competition venue.
Glasgow 2014 will be GBE’s fourth consecutive Commonwealth Games having delivered Sports Presentation for Manchester 2002, Melbourne 2006 and Delhi 2010 and they have an outstanding reputation within sport.
They have broader experience across major multisport events including the past four Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as the 2006 Doha Asian Games and 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics.
Glasgow 2014 Head of Sport, Greg Warnecke, said:
“GBE have unparalleled experience in delivering Sport Presentation within a Commonwealth Games environment, which is matched with their reputation amongst International Sport Federations for the successful delivery of services at both single-sport events and multi-sport Games.
“Importantly, GBE have been able to demonstrate a great understanding of all 17 Glasgow 2014 sports which will ensure that Glasgow 2014 will be able to deliver an outstanding Sport Presentation experience for everyone within each competition venue.”
Great Big Events Managing Director, Greg Bowman, said:
“The Commonwealth Games is a really special event for us. We are particularly excited to work with Glasgow 2014 to realise their ambition of a truly innovative and engaging Games that captures the unique spirit and character of Glasgow.
“We have an incredibly important task in framing the compelling journey that will define the athlete and fan experience during Games Time.
“In developing that Sport Presentation narrative, we are creating a foundation for sport, technology, people and passion to intersect; and one where the experience will be memorable for its lively, playful atmosphere. We are tremendously excited to be part of what is shaping as the best Commonwealth Games in history.”
Glasgow 2014 General Manager of Sport Operations, Tom Chambers, said:
“GBE bring valuable knowledge and experience of operating in the venues to be used during the Games, and will work with the Sport Operations team in creating an atmosphere and air of excitement that supports the athletes in being able to perform at their best.”
Note to Editors
1. The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 71 teams of
athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years. Glasgow 2014 will be the XX Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 261 medal events on show. The Games will play host to 4500 athletes and sell 1,000,000 tickets with the event aided by an army of 15,000 volunteers. Glasgow 2014 Ltd is the official name for the Organising Committee tasked with delivering the Games in partnership with the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland.
2. Glasgow 2014 family of official sponsors is Longines, SSE, Emirates, Virgin Media, Harper Macleod, Search Consultancy, Ernst & Young, Atos, Dell, Toshiba TEC, A.G. Barr, NVT Group, RGS, Trespass, Riedel and Ticketmaster.