30 days to the Commonwealth Games
Everything is ready in Glasgow for one of the most anticipated athletic events of the year.
Only one month until the opening of the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and everything is ready at Hampden Park, the Scottish National Stadium which will be the focus of the event with about 48 scheduled events over seven days, and more than 1,000 athletes competing in the conquest for the highest podium step.
After months of work, the legendary football stadium has been transformed into a magnificent arena for athletics. The transformation has focused mainly on the pitch, which has been raised by almost two meters to the right length and width to accommodate an athletics track conforming to the rules of the IAAF. About eight rows of seats were removed to allow the installation of the track, positioned very close to the public so you feel part of the performance of the athletes in the race. Along with the track inside the field lots of grass has been installed laid on a temporary platform made up of 1,000 panels supported by more than 6,000 steel poles. A solution that has never been seen before on this scale. What has been called the "Glasgow solution" is now a model that can be recreated in other stages to make them suitable to host athletics events of the world.
Excited about the end result, the organizers of the Commonwealth Games. "The spectacular transformation from legendary Hampden Park football stadium at site of athletics events at the highest level is an achievement of which Glasgow and Scotland can rightly be proud of. This is a solution to the world in a fantastic facility and we look forward to the best athletes of the Commonwealth are to experience the thrill of competing at this stage, "said David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014.
Enthusiastic Mondo, the official supplier of the Mondotrack surface and sports equipment inside Hampden Park. Maurizio Stroppiana, CEO of Mondo Sports & Flooring, said: "Glasgow has created a system that is not only a feat of engineering, but also an example in the world of environmental and social responsibility. Mondo is proud to be part of it. " Inside the Hampden Stadium were installed approximately 14,000 sqm of prefabricated and pre-tested by Mondo. Additional 6,000 square meters have been installed at Lesser Hampden, the heating area used by athletes before the race.