Commonwealth legacy lives on in Glasgow

Commonwealth legacy lives on in Glasgow

Businesses in Glasgow are continuing to reap the benefits of the Commonwealth Games as a number of high profile sporting events return to the city in 2016.

The city’s sporting reputation has never been higher following the games as Glasgow continues to rise up the SportBusiness Ultimate Sport Cities rankings.

Close to £200m has been spent on new and improved venues since 2009 as part of a citywide £1bn investment in infrastructure around the games.

The city has now landed a number of major sporting events this year including the World Cup Gymnastics and the Indoor Athletics Grand Prix.

The Indoor Grand Prix has been ranked the top indoor athletics event in the world for the last 10 years, while the city is also hoping to secure the European Indoor Championships in 2019. Also heading to the city is the World Badminton Championships next year.

The events will provide a major boost to the local economy with even more tourists flocking to Glasgow and its surrounding areas.

Cllr Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “In recent years the city has invested £200m building new and improving existing venues, helping us attract some of the world’s most prestigious sporting events.

“These events are leaving a lasting legacy in terms of sporting participation, jobs and apprenticeships, economic development and tourism.”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s director of events, told BQ: “For Glasgow in particular, the games have had immeasurable legacy benefits, none more so than in the creation and upgrading of many sporting facilities and in the development of the outstanding infrastructure the city now boasts.

“In the Emirates Arena and Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow possesses world-class facilities which will allow the city to continue attracting major events across many sports for years to come.

“The recent addition of The SSE Hydro, stage for the incredible 2015 World Gymnastics Championships, to Glasgow’s array of sporting stadia makes the city one of the best provisioned anywhere in the world for attracting major championships.

“Over the coming months and years, Glasgow will host some of the world’s finest athletes during the 2016 Glasgow Grand Prix, 2016 European Curling Championships, 2017 Badminton World Championships, 2018 European Sports Championships and UEFA EURO 2020.”