After last night’s spectacular Opening Ceremony, it’s back to business for the 4,500 elite athletes competing at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Today launches the first day of competition, and it’s a busy one too – with 20 Gold medals up for grabs.
The first medals of the XX Commonwealth Games will be awarded in Strathclyde Country Park, where men and women will swim, cycle and run for Triathlon Gold. Look out for Team England’s Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, brothers and world champion triathletes.
It’s a big day for Track Cycling too, with 2012 Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins competing for England in the 4000m Team Pursuit at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Scotland’s Aileen McGlynn won Silver at London 2012, and will be racing today’s Sprint B Tandem race.
All eyes will be on Team Scotland when the Swimming competition kicks off at Tollcross International Swimming Centre today, with Hannah Miley looking to defend her 400m Individual Relay title. Don’t miss Olympic Silver medallist Michael Jamieson racing the 200m Breaststroke – an event sure to be one of the biggest at the Games.
Medals will also be awarded in Rhythmic Gymnastics, Judo and Weightlifting at the SECC Precinct, and the first rounds of competition will kick off for Lawn Bowls, Squash, Badminton, Netball, Table Tennis and women’s Hockey – with England playing Wales at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre on Glasgow Green.
Do you want a last minute slice of the action? Great opportunities still exist to buy tickets. Find out more.
Glasgow Green is also the host of one of our exciting Festival 2014 venues, welcoming everyone to join in family activities and great music, comedy, dance, craft and ceilidhs across Games Time. Today another Festival 2014 venue, Kelvingrove Bandstand, will host entertainment from the Bluto Balthazar Magician, Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, the Parsonage Choir and much more.
Festivities at the Old Fruitmarket will also be in full swing, with free exhibitions and talks during the day and the official late night Festival 2014 Club in the evening.
If you want the latest news from the Games with a twist, News Just In is a comedy show from a fictional newsroom which presents live theatre, online content and filmed news reports from across the city. Performances run right through to 2 August (except 23 and 27 July), and tickets can be purchased via The Arches.
Don’t forget you can keep up to date on sport and festival wherever you are, by downloading our free official ‘My Games’ and ‘My Results’ mobile apps. Find out more.
There are still some great opportunities to be at the heart of the action. All sales are now “for collection”, so you can buy online or from the Ticket Hotline on 0800 458 2014*, then collect the tickets at our city centre George Square Ticket Office or the Venue Ticket Office.