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Published On: Wed, Mar 12th, 2014

Athletics venue for Glasgow 2014 ready

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The Commonwealth Games athletics venue at Hampden Park is due to be officially unveiled later.

In order to accommodate the running track and athletics field for Glasgow 2014, the ground has been raised almost two metres up on a bed of metal stilts.

London 2012 gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill will join Scottish hurdler Eilidh Child to tour the new facilities.

The pair will then take a look at the athletes village in Glasgow’s East End.

The diggers moved in to Hampden three months ago as work started to transform it from a football ground to a world class athletics stadium.

It is a unique project which Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg has described as “innovative” and “pioneering”.

Eight rows of seats have been lost because of raising the surface and the capacity of Hampden will be reduced to 44,000 for the games.

However, the new track will be closer to the watching crowds and organisers hope this will lead to a better experience for the spectators.

Mr McKenzie explained that the project involved taking away the turf off the football pitch. A network of columns resting on base plates was then laid out from east to west across the pitch area, he said.

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