Glasgow’s Hampden Park football stadium was successfully transformed to provide an arena for both the track and field events and the closing ceremony at this year’s Commonwealth Games.
The normal playing surface was temporarily lifted by over 6 feet to create an IAAF approved athletics track supported by structural steel tilts. This is the first time that this sort of technical innovation has been used in the delivery of a world class athletics event.
Further to this, warm up track and jump areas were created next to the stadium at Lesser Hampden.
At one time the largest football stadium in the world, Hampden Park is a five star graded football venue, and is home to the Scottish national football team.
Commenting on the transformation, Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg said: “The spectacular transformation of Hampden Park from iconic football stadium to world-class athletics venue is an achievement of which Glasgow and Scotland can be justifiably proud.
“This is a world-first solution in a great venue, creating an excellent sporting field of play.”