Major Events Benefits

The Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games reinforced Scotland's status as one of the world's leading major events destinations.

The Games were an essential element of a wider strategic goal to boost Scotland’s key tourism and events industries. EventScotland and partners used the Games as a catalyst to secure further major events for Scotland, both in the lead up to and beyond 2014, with a view to boosting the local and national economy and cementing Scotland's international profile as a world-class destination for business, events and tourism.

Brand new state-of-the-art venues such as the Emirates Arena, Glasgow Green Hockey Centre, Scotstoun Squash Centre and Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails were built while many existing venues were refurbished to stage the Games. These include Tollcross Swimming Centre, Royal Commonwealth Pool and Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre.

Following the Games, Grangemouth Stadium and Crownpoint successfully applied for the running tracks from Hampden Park and Lesser Hampden Park as part of sportscotland and Glasgow 2014's initiative to distribute sports equipment used at Glasgow 2014 to clubs and local authorities across the country.

Having collectively hosted the 17 competition sports of the Glasgow 2014 Games, over 40 further major events have been secured as a result of this legacy. Recent examples include: The 2015 Davis Cup, 2015 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix 2016, IPC World Swimming Championships 2016, UCI Track Cycling World Cup 2016, TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships 2017, Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup 2019 and LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships 2019.

Many of the venues used for the Games also played host to the first edition of the European Championships in 2018.

The case studies below provide some useful information on the benefits of hosting major events in Scotland:

- World Pipe Band Championships 2017

- Piping Live! 2017

- UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2017

- The 145th Open, Royal Troon 2016

- Homeless World Cup 2016

- UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2016

- Edinburgh Festivals 2015 

British Athletics International Match 2014

British Swimming Championships 2014

British Athletics International Match 2013

European Open Judo 2013 

FINA Diving World Series 2013 

Duel in the Pool 2013 

British Mountain Bike Cross Country Championships 2013

British Cycling National Road Race Championships 2013 

Gymnastics World Cup 2013 

World Youth Netball Championships 2013

UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships 2013

UCI Track Cycling World Cup 2012 

AVIVA International Match 2012

Glasgow Gymnastics World Cup 2012 

Strathclyde Park Triathlon 2012

- IRB 7s World Series 2012

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