Celtic Park will host the opening ceremony of 2014 Commonwealth Games tonight as 71 nations start their battle for supremacy. Celtic on the other hand had to leave their home for at least one major game.
Tonight at 8pm local time Glasgow will be the site of 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. The event will be launched at Celtic Park, Scotland’s largest football stadium. However, for the ceremony capacity has fallen to under 40,000 due to stage layout.
The entire main grandstand was sealed off as a massive LED screen has been set covering it. 100 meters long and 11m high the screen is a record-breaker for Europe in terms of covered surface and will become a ‘window on the world’.
71 nations are to be represented in the 10-day-long Games, including Malaysia. The reason for singling it out is of course recent airplane disaster in Ukraine. 298 victims of that tragedy are to be commemorated tonight, during the ceremony.
While Celtic Park is used for Commonwealth Games, Celtic had to relocate. Initially it was planned the club will play both the 2nd and 3rd round of UEFA Champions League qualifiers at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield, but there’s a chance the latter phase will be possible to play in Glasgow, because the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony on August 3 will be held at Hampden, not Celtic Park.