EMIRATES ARENA AND
SIR CHRIS HOY VELODROME
WHERE? In the East End of the city on London Road, near the Forge Shopping Centre and directly across from Celtic Park
Across the road from Celtic Park, the Emirates Arena (officially known as the National Indoor Sports Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome) is Scotland’s first indoor velodrome.
The impressive structure is named after one of Scotland’s finest athletes, Sir Chris Hoy, who has won five gold Olympic medals in his esteemed career. The Arena and Velodrome are two different buildings, linked together by a central hub as well as the exterior framework that runs around the top.
It was conceived by British company 3D Reid, while the interior cycling slope was designed by velodrome expert Ralph Schürmann. Ralph is a third-generation architect of the German-based family firm; along with his father Herbert and grandfather Clemens, they have created over 140 velodrome cycling tracks around the world since 1926. The 250m track in the Glasgow velodrome is built from strong Siberian timber. The Arena and Velodrome are two different buildings, linked together by a central hub as well as the exterior framework that runs around the top.
Constructed especially for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games, the sports arena has stolen some key athletic events from Kelvin Hall; it’s hydraulically lifted 200m indoor running track will be the new host of the annual Aviva International Match. The Glasgow Rocks basketball team has also relocated to the arena as their new home, making it the largest arena in the British Basketball League. Due to the large capacity, the arena will also play host to the final match of the BBL Trophy.
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