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Is the first image of the indoor arena?

Yes. The arena has retractable seating on the bottom and also has a hydraulic athletics track which can be lowered so that the arena is used for hall sports such as badminton.

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Glasgow, the host city for the XX Commonwealth Games, has been named as one of the world’s top 10 sporting cities at the prestigious SportBusiness Ultimate Sports City 2012 Awards. Glasgow joins Melbourne and Manchester, two recent Commonwealth Games host cities to be named on the prestigious list.

Glasgow 2014 Chairman Lord Smith said:

“With the Commonwealth Games now just over two years away and a number of high-profile World and European championships coming to the city, the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee is delighted to see Glasgow named as one of the world’s top 10 global sporting cities.

“This major international accolade reinforces Glasgow’s appeal as a world-class sports event destination. We look forward to welcoming 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth to Scotland in 2014 when 6,500 athletes and officials can experience for themselves an outstanding Games environment in one of the world’s greatest sporting cities.”

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Glaswegians to be sent to 'charm school' ahead of 2014 Commonwealth Games

TAXI drivers, waiters and others in the tourism industry are going to charm school tolearn how to deal with visitors during the Commonwealth Games in 2014.

A one-day course teaches Glaswegians how to be polite and helpful Disney-style.

And that means telling customers to “enjoy the rest of your day”.

Stella Callaghan,of the Glasgow Tourism Service Initiative, said: “The natural friendliness of Glaswegians can be a positive part of visitors’ experience to Glasgow.

“What we’re trying to do is put a polish on that and encourage professional service as well.”

About 10,000 people are set to go on the Glasgow Welcomes course, which is backed by VisitScotland.

The workshop, which costs £25, is based on customer relation principles created by the Disney Company.

Staff get tips on speaking clearly, projecting positive body language and maintaining eye contact.

They are also encouraged to make pledges, such as: “I will smile more often.”

And they are tutored on accepting compliments gracefully, remembering people’s names and offering tips about the city’s tourist hotspots.

VisitScotland chairman Mike Cantlay, said: “This initiative is truly helping to polish an entire city and, in doing so, is helping the industry make the most of these once-in-a-lifetime chances.”

But some people are unconvinced of the course’s benefits.

Greg Hemphill, of TV’s Chewin’ The Fat, said: “I’m sure the initiative is well intentioned but I do think Glaswegians have a natural charm. And if you polish off those edges too much, you’re left with somebody from Edinburgh.”

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My hubby suggests they should learn English as well! He never believed me when we were in Scotland and I kept trying to convince them they were speaking English!!

I was mostly fine - though there was one cab driver who I couldn't understand a word of!


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well i have to say, i love the athletes village, love the tartan, like the opening cereomony day ( my birthday :D) ... always a fan of scotland and scottish people culture.. good job bravehearts :)

what about the mascots?

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The first major sponsor for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow has been revealed.

Swiss watchmaking brand Longines has become the first official partner for the games in a deal worth about £5m.

Longines already sponsors high-profile events in sports including tennis, skiing and horseracing. The company will look after timing, scoring and results in Glasgow.

The Glasgow 2014 organisers have to secure £100m in commercial revenue.

The "tier one" sponsorship from Longines is the first of several major agreements being sought by games organisers.

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Computer firm Dell sponsors Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Computer firm Dell has become the latest sponsor of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The company will deliver the IT hardware required for the Games - including desktops, laptops, servers and storage technology across venues.

Dell is the seventh sponsor to be unveiled by the Games organisers.

The firm, which has its Scottish headquarters in Dennistoun, was the official computer hardware provider for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

The announcement was made in Glasgow at Scotstoun Leisure Centre, where children from schools in Glasgow met a Commonwealth silver medallist, swimmer Jak Scott.

Glasgow 2014's chief executive David Grevemberg said: "Dell's global mindset and Scottish heart make them a great fit for Glasgow 2014.

"We are delighted to have a company with their expertise, based in Glasgow's east end, to perform such an important role for us through the supply of our IT equipment."

Aongus Hegarty, president of Dell EMEA, said: "Dell's belief that technology can change the world, enabling people everywhere to grow and thrive, clearly has a strong synergy with the purpose of Glasgow 2014 - both in the delivery of world-class competitive sport it will showcase and the lasting economic and social legacy it will leave."


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:) In the last four, Manchester 02 opening was the best, IMO...As for cost to benefit ratio, CWG openings are too costly for the Games status...Like the ASEAN and Asian Games, pointless. An example of short, simple, and sweet...last year's RWC opening, effective and to the point.
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