Gregor and Hoy countdown to Glasgow 2014 with one year to go

Scotland 7s captain, Colin Gregor and six-time Olympian and double Commonwealth Gold medal winner Sir Chris Hoy this week (Tuesday 23 July) fired off a festival day of sporting and interactive fun in Glasgow as the city and Scotland celebrated the magical one-year milestone to the Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth Games launchThe pair and Glasgow 2014’s cheeky mascot, Clyde, also took to the streets to join dancers, musicians and street performers in showcasing how vibrant and fun the city will feel at Games time. 

At the heart of the day’s action was the unveiling of the Glasgow 2014 Official Ticketing Guide – the route to up to one million seats at the heart of the Games live action, across 17 sports. The Ticketing Guide, featuring stunning athletic imagery from across the sports programme, sets out full details how everyone can be part of an accessible and affordable Commonwealth Games.

From today 350,000 copies of the guide will be available across Scotland and online at www.glasgow2014.com/tickets

Ticketing for the Games goes live on Monday 19 August, when sports fans can make their ticket choices.

Glasgow 2014 tickets are affordable, making the Games a must-be-part-of occasion for everyone. Prices start at £15 for all sports, with half-price tickets for under 16s and over 60s. Two thirds of all sports tickets are £25 or under and there are no booking fees for any tickets. The ticket price also includes public transport in the local area on the day of the sports session.

All this and the chance to see the Commonwealth’s greatest sports stars in action, in Scotland!

Gregor said: “It has now really sunk in that it’s just one year to go to the Commonwealth Games. It’s going to be a massive year for Scotland, Scottish sport and Scotland 7s.

“The buzz on Buchanan Street was really apparent and there was a really good vibe that you know is just going to grow and grow as the year goes on.” 

Glasgow 2014 Ambassador, Hoy, said: “It was a real thrill to be in the heart of Glasgow celebrating the One Year to Go milestone to the Commonwealth Games. Glasgow 2014 is the biggest sporting celebration coming to the UK next year, the biggest sporting occasion ever seen in Scotland and the next opportunity to see a wealth of top athletes and the next generation of superstars in action.

“The Commonwealth Games has a very special place in my heart. It’s an occasion like no other in sport and I have no doubt that Glasgow and Scotland will ensure next year’s Games are an unforgettable and enjoyable experience for athletes and spectators alike. I’d encourage everyone to be part of this. Roll on next year and bring on Glasgow 2014!”   

Shona Robison, Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, said: “The chance to be involved in one of the world’s biggest sporting events has become a reality with the launch of the Official Ticketing Guide. People can now start to plan their visit and look at all of the events Scotland will be hosting.

With one year to go until we welcome world-class athletes and supporters from around the globe, we are ready to showcase the best Scotland has to offer as the international spotlight on our country intensifies. Seeing the ticketing guide makes all the hard work a reality and adds to the excitement of hosting, what I know, will be a spectacular event.”

Notes to editors

  • 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.
  • Glasgow 2014 family of official sponsors is Longines, SSE, Emirates, Virgin Media, BP, Harper Macleod, Search Consultancy, EY, Atos, Dell, Toshiba TEC, A.G. Barr, NVT Group, Cisco, RGS, Trespass, Riedel and Ticketmaster.
  • Glasgow 2014, the Commonwealth Games Federation and UNICEF are working together in an exciting partnership that will transform the lives of children in Scotland and throughout the Commonwealth. Using the power of sport and culture this unique partnership aims to inspire, enable and empower the children of the Commonwealth to be the best they can be.