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|The 20th Commonwealth Games were staged in Glasgow in July 2014. Most of the venues were concentrated in and around the city itself apart from the shooting which took place near Dundee and the diving which was at the 1971 Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh. As with the London Olympics, First were appointed as the prime contractor to operate shuttle buses for athletes, officials and spectators. They supplied nearly 400 vehicles of which about 100 were brand new. Stagecoach also contributed a sizeable number of buses from its fleets throughout the UK and together with other operators this made up another 500 vehicles. The event itself was extremely good natured and brought out the old familiar humour and optimism from the Glaswegian public.|
Several venues were used in the regenerated East End of Glasgow. Cycling took place at the new Velodrome opposite Celtic Park which staged the opening ceremony, and the swimming was staged at the pool in Tollcross Park.
Hampden Park was home to all the athletics events. A shuttle service ran to the stadium from Buchanan Bus Station in the centre of Glasgow as well from Park & Ride sites on the outskirts.
The main city centre venues were the Clyde Auditorium (affectionately known as The Armadillo) and the new SSE Hydro, both on the banks of the Clyde beside the SECC. This was the only location to have a transport hub similar to those at the London Olympics. The arenas hosted boxing, gymnastics, judo, netball, wresting and weightlifting.
Other smaller venues were used around Glasgow such as Kelvingrove which hosted the bowls. A Stagecoach former Wigan Volvo/Gemini is seen near the venue. Stagecoach East Scotland and West Scotland provided transport for the police. There were no shuttles to this location - spectators were encouraged to use public transport, especially The Subway.
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