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GLASGOW 2014 VENUE BEGINS TO TAKE SHAPE

November 4, 2010

The first of the two massive roof trusses which will span the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow has been successfully placed in position.

The operation follows the installation of the first of two similar trusses for The National Indoor Sports Arena (NISA) which will link to the velodrome via a four-storey ‘hub’ building.

Together, the arena and velodrome will form one of the key venues for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, hosting the badminton and cycling events.

To provide the large column-free spaces required, the 300 tonne trusses each span 93 metres.

The structures are so long they are constructed on the ground in two sections before being connected in the air and lifted into place by two 400 tonne cranes.

Located in the East End of Glasgow, the NISA and Velodrome will be one of the biggest indoor sports facilities of its kind in Europe.

Archie Graham, executive member at Glasgow City Council, said: “The National Indoor Sports Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome will not only be a key venue for the Games in 2014 but will be a world-class training facility and competition venue, attracting some of the world’s greatest sporting performers.”

(The venue was renamed the Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in 2012.)

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