Emirates Arena officially opens
October 5 2012
Incorporating the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and a separate arena under one roof the venue also incorporates a community sports hall, offices, function suite, café, four external 5-a-side pitches, car parking and external 1km cycle track.
A 34mx80m connecting building links these two arenas which includes offices for the National Sports Federations.
Designed by velodrome expert Ralph Schürmann and 3DReid Architects the arena is reputedly the fastest In the world with Craig Burn, chief executive of Scottish Cycling, saying: "The track has very much been designed with speed in mind so I’m fairly confident there will be a number of records set in this velodrome. It will be a very fast track, arguably the best track in the world."
Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council said: “The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome puts Glasgow in an elite list of cities capable of hosting world-class cycling events. It will help inspire the next generation of Scottish cyclists who look to the success of our greatest ever Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy. But importantly, as well as hosting international events, the velodrome will be open for community use and local people will be among the first to use it.”