Host venue ready to make a splash

The grandstand at Strathclyde Park will be full later this week
The grandstand at Strathclyde Park will be full later this week

Organisers of the Commonwealth Games events at Strathclyde Park are hoping the firing gun isn’t the only thing that goes with a bang!

Following months of hard work and preparations, the park is set to become a Proud Host Venue when the triathlon events come to town on Thursday and Saturday, July 24 and 26.

While the individual men’s and women’s competitions will be held on the 24th, the team relay will go ahead on the 26th - and locals can get in on the action for free.

North Lanarkshire Council has created spectator areas around the park to give residents and visitors the chance to watch the triathlon and cheer on Team Scotland.

Provost Jim Robertson said: “I’m really looking forward to the people of North Lanarkshire welcoming the athletes from all around the Commonwealth and cheering them on.

“We’ve worked really hard to create opportunities for local people to be a part of the Games and there are free-to-view spectator areas throughout the park.”

Spectators should avoid travelling by car where possible, as there will be no parking available.

Special Park&Ride and Park&Walk facilities are being set up, but these have limited spaces and visitors may face a long walk to the park.

The action starts at 11am on the Thursday and at 12.30pm on the Saturday.

Paul Jukes, NLC’s Executive Director of Regeneration and Environmental Services, said: “If you do intend to come, it’s important you plan ahead.

“For the best experience, walk, use public transport, and arrive early.

“Also, if you’re not coming to the park on those days you should try to avoid the area as the surrounding roads will be busy and you should expect delays.

“These are going to be great days in the park and we want as many local people as possible to turn out.”

More info at Get Ready