A television audience of a billion people is expected to watch the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games this evening at 21:00 BST.
With over 4,500 athletes parading the circuit and around 2,000 cast members performing in the ceremony, organisers of the games have promised the ceremony “will surprise, delight and be uniquely Glaswegian and Scottish”.
Celtic Park, home to Scottish Premier League champions Celtic Fc, has been dramatically transformed for the opening ceremony. Europe’s largest LED screen has been installed on the South Stand of Celtic Park, standing eleven metres tall and stretching over one hundred metres in length.
Chief Executive Organiser of Glasgow 2014, David Grevemberg, hopes the screen will deliver a “magical” experience to the ceremony:
“It’s going to act as our window to the Commonwealth. I can guarantee you are going to see a lot of colour, imagery and light from this.”
The Games budget is set at £472.3 million and has been used to construct showpiece venues including the stunning £125 million Hydro Arena and the modern £113 million Sports Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
Set to be one of the best Commonwealth Games ever, Glasgow will be the home to some of the finest sportsmen and women from around the globe until the 3rd August.