Commonwealth Games boost to Clyde Waterfront

14 Jan 2008

The 2014 Commonwealth Games will spark a massive £500million cash bonanza across Scotland, according to a secret report.   The study into the last Games - in Melbourne in 2006 - found the host city of Glasgow will enjoy a long-term economic boost.   But experts believe the Games will generate a huge windfall for almost every area of Scotland as visitors explore the country.   It will bring in the equivalent of £100 for every man, woman and child in the country.

The successful Glasgow bid team have told Parliament they can bring the Games to Scotland for £288million.   Glasgow City Council will have to find 20 per cent of the money - around £60million - and council leader Steven Purcell has pledged not one penny will come from council tax.

Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for Commonwealth Games Delivery, said: "This is the single biggest event Glasgow could hope to host.   It's a very exciting time for us.   This is a city which has transformed itself and as a proud Glaswegian that's great to see.   But the 2014 Games gives us the opportunity to take that to a higher level and allow us to move into a completely new era.  As well as the obvious economic benefits, the Games will lift the confidence and aspirations of everyone who lives and works here."

Glasgow in 2014 - The city's skyline is set to be transformed and run-down areas of the city rejuvenated in time for the Games.  Some projects in the pipeline include, the development of the £60 million transport museum, a 12,000-seater National Arena built alongside the SECC, Scotland's first six star hotel, the Argyle International which will have 158 luxury bedrooms and two presidential suites and the £100 million expansion of the St Enoch Centre to create the UK's largest indoor shopping complex.

Glasgow City Marketing Bureau

  • Artist's impression of National Velodrome courtesy of Designhive/Glasgow 2014

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