Organisers of the 2014 Commonwealth Games have announced that they are seeking a contractor to build an athletics track at the event's showpiece stadium.
The Games, which will take place in Glasgow, will hold the track and field events at Hampden Park. The stadium is predominately used for football matches being home to both the Scottish national team, Third Division side Queen's Park and hosting major cup finals within the season.
However, it does not currently have an athletics track which is integral for the Commonwealth Games and now organisers are seeking a company to take on the task of creating a facility in time for the start of the event in 2014.
Officials stated that the contract for the development is worth between £12 million and £14 million and they have earmarked a start date of early 2013 to ensure that the track is completed for the opening ceremony of the Games. Up to five firms are due to be invited to tender the plans and contractors are being advised to register their interest in the project online by November 23rd. Following that a final decision will be made and then work will be able to get underway.
Hampden Park is unlike some of its European counterparts such as the Olympiastadion in Berlin, home to Germany and Hertha Berlin, and the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys in Barcelona, former ground of Espanyol, which have previously installed running tracks prior to either the Olympics or Commonwealth Games, but still played host to football matches. It means that the job will be a major undertaking especially as the work will take place during the football season when the ground will be in use.
Organisers noted that there will a number of considerations that contractors need to put in place during the construction. Among the amendments to the ground will be additional scoreboards and lighting as well as a warm-up track and associated facilities at Lesser Hampden.
It is the third time Scotland has hosted the Commonwealth Games after Edinburgh held the event in both 1970 and 1986.
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