Glasgow 2014 - The Best Games Ever

August 11, 2014

The record-breaking Glasgow 2014 Games may have ended but the memories of the 11 days when Glasgow shone on the global stage will remain.

Described as “the best games ever’ and ‘Pure Dead Brilliant’ by HRH Prince Imran in his Closing Ceremony speech, the latest figures released by the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee show the passion felt for and sheer scale of Scotland’s biggest-ever sporting festival.

Glasgow 2014 delivered:

96 % of tickets sold overall ensuring the athletes felt the roar of support from the stands
91 % Satisfaction in the Games from spectators
142 Commonwealth Games and nine world records broken
Spectator feedback, based on 20,000 responses, has shown overall satisfaction rates of Glasgow 2014 at an amazing 91 % with 86% of spectators saying they would be likely to recommend future big events in Glasgow and Scotland.

The three top words used by our spectators to describe the Games were fantastic, exciting and fun which was the experience organisers had hoped for it in the packed stadia.

The competitors set nine World Records and 142 Commonwealth Records and had the biggest integrated Para Sport programme in Commonwealth Games history

It was the first Commonwealth Games with children’s tickets and 86 % of all tickets were available to members of the public

The Opening Ceremony which boldly celebrated diversity, human rights and, according to Amnesty International, redefined ‘The Glasgow Kiss’ by sending a big kiss throughout the Commonwealth, which was watched by a television audience of over 1 billion people.

Some amazing figures from the Athletes’ Village include:

Over 150,000 towels washed
30,000 laundry bags laundered
Nearly 500,000 meals served
Circa 65,000 handmade fresh fruit smoothies
100 tonnes of fruit and vegetables
65,000 Ice Cream tubs
Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive, David Grevemberg, said:

“The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has made history as the best Commonwealth Games ever, setting a new Gold Standard for the Commonwealth sports movement, new benchmarks for event delivery and receiving universal accolades for a proud Host City and its people for the joyous enthusiasm with which they embraced athletes and visitors during Scotland’s biggest-ever sporting and cultural festival.

“Working with our Games Partners, the 1500-strong team in the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee and thousands of organisations, businesses and individuals ….has kept people at the heart of our story. We have strived to maximise the legacy ambitions, of our partners and worked hard to deliver the maximum benefit for as many people as possible we did to deliver the Games.

“Staying true to our vision of an athlete centred, sport focused Games we worked hard to make Commonwealth athletes and the young people of Glasgow and Scotland an integral part of a world-class, community-relevant Commonwealth Games that makes people proud and leaves lasting impact.”

Commonwealth Games Scotland Chairman Michael Cavanagh said:

“These were fantastic Games and the Organising Committee did a brilliant job in ensuring we had packed stadia at every venue which in turn helped our athletes perform at their very best. For Team Scotland it was an incredible experience with our largest team ever fielded and of course our record-breaking haul of 53 medals including 19 Gold.”

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