Emirates Arena & Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome
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The Emirates Arena incorporating the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in the East End of Glasgow provides one of the most versatile and innovative structures of its type in Europe.
In terms of sheer engineering innovation the Emirates Arena is unparalleled in Scotland and is one of the largest facilities of its kind in Europe. This is a fantastic, flexible community facility with its 12 Badminton Court Sports Hall complex that comprises three sports halls with 5,000 spectator seats, dance and fitness studios, external multi-court areas, media, event control and hospitality suites and offices for Governing Bodies of sport and SportsScotland.
At the touch of a button a top class 200-metre indoor athletics track can be hydraulically lifted from below in order to host indoor athletics events.
Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome
The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome is named in honour of Scotland’s most successful gold medal winning Olympian and Commonwealth Games champion. Its 250-metre track has been designed by Ralph Schuermann, one of the world’s foremost track designers. With its permanent viewing capacity of 2,500 and an additional 2,000 temporary seats, it can attract some of the world’s top cycling events to Glasgow.
Scotland has an outstanding record in international track cycling competition, winning six medals in the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. The ambitious design and quality of the Velodrome celebrates this success.