With the European Athletics Indoor Championships now just a few days away, here’s everything you need to know about the venue that will host Europe’s best.
Name: Emirates Arena – or Commonwealth Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome
Location: Dalmarnock, Glasgow
History: First proposed as the venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, building work on the Emirates Arena began in 2009 and was completed in 2012. The arena was opened in October of that year as 400 local school children attended a special ceremony after Britain’s greatest Olympian Sir Chris Hoy had given his seal of approval to the velodrome track.
About: The venue possesses a state-of-the-art hydraulic 200m running track, which – at the touch of a button – can be lowered to create a multi-purpose surface. In fact, the Emirates has hosted a multitude of world-class sporting events, from tennis to athletics, basketball to cycling. The home stadium of British Basketball League side Glasgow Rocks, the arena also possesses one of Glasgow’s largest gyms, a spa and accommodates Scotland’s first indoor velodrome track.
2012/13 UCI Track World Cup Series: One of the first major sporting events hosted by the Emirates Arena, the world’s premier track cyclists graced the boards of the Glasgow venue in November 2012. There were first-place finishes for the British trio of Laura Kenny, Elinor Barker and Danielle King in the team pursuit, with Jess Varnish and Becky James taking the team spring title and Kenny doubling up with omnium victory.
2013 British Basketball League final: One of Britain’s finest basketball venues, it was announced in 2012 that the Emirates Arena would host the final of the 2012/13 BBL season. A third-place regular season finish for the home side gave fans hope that they could lift the title on their own turf, but Glasgow Rocks succumbed to a couple of strong Plymouth Raiders performances to fall in the quarter-finals. Come the final it was the top two who did battle, league leaders Leicester Riders showing their class to take the title thanks to a 68-57 win over Newcastle Eagles.
2014 Commonwealth Games: The reason for its inception, the Emirates Arena certainly delivered on it’s promise when the Commonwealth Games came to Glasgow. Hosting the badminton events, the Emirates installed 12 separate courts which yielded no less than seven medals for home nations. Kirsty Gilmour delighted the home crowd when she took silver in the women’s singles, while Chris and Gabby Adcock claimed mixed doubles gold.
2015 Davis Cup: On the way to Great Britain’s first Davis Cup title since 1936, Andy Murray and co graced the Emirates Arena courts on not just one, but two occasions. First up was a 3-2 first round triumph over seventh seeds the United States, wrapped up with Murray’s three-set victory over John Isner. GB returned to the venue for the semi-finals, and again it was Murray who sealed the win on home soil when he toppled Bernard Tomic in three sets.
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