Hampden Park, Scotland’s National Stadium, is already a legendary venue and scene of many international moments of intense sporting drama. As the venue for Athletics at this summer’s Games, it will stage some of the most thrilling moments of the competition, with more than a thousand athletes going all out for gold and glory in over 48 events in seven days.
The stadium’s stunning new look was revealed today as the transformation from the home of Scottish football into a world-class athletics arena moves closer to completion. A revolutionary solution has raised the stadium surface by almost two metres, gaining the width and length required for an IAAF-approved athletics track.
The work has been a closely guarded secret since it began back in December but a full infield complete with freshly-covered grass now sits on a temporary deck, made up of 1,200 base panels supported by over 6,000 structural steel stilts. The recognisable red running track surface will be laid shortly.