Thousands of athletes from over 70 nations will descend on Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, with 11 days of competition scheduled for this year's biggest event on the athletics calendar.
The organisation hasn't pulled any punches setting up this year's event, with big stars like Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle performing in the opening ceremony on Wednesday.
Apart from the classic Olympic sports, the Commonwealth Games traditionally also host a number of sports that aren't hugely popular outside of the Commonwealth nations, and Glasgow 2014 will be the highlight of the season for athletes competing in netball and the like.
Let's have a look at the event schedule and the venues that will play host to the athletes over the course of the next 11 days.
Dates: The 2014 Commonwealth Games will start on Wednesday, July 23, with the final day of competition taking place on Sunday, August 3.
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East End Cluster
Celtic Park, one of the most iconic football stadiums in the United Kingdom, will host the opening ceremony on Wednesday. Opposite the stadium lies the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, which will be used for all indoor cycling events.
Sir Bradley Wiggins headlines England's track cycling team, having been dropped by Team Sky for the 2014 Tour de France. The 2008 Olympic gold medalist hasn't competed on the track in years, but teammate Ed Clancy thinks Wiggins will shine in Glasgow, as he told the BBC:
The way he's riding at the moment, it looks the case. Brad's return is definitely a good thing. He's exciting, he brings a lot of energy, everyone knows he is a character and he is a superstar now, a massive superstar in the world of cycling,
I remember the first day he turned up to train with us again. just didn't want to say anything stupid, but he's dead cool, just like he always was. Brad's still a celebrity for us.
He just wants some confirmation that he's still got it on the track, that he can still be a big player in the team pursuit. As soon as he dropped back in, he wasn't too far from his best.
The Glasgow Green Hockey Centre will not only host all hockey matches, but also serve as the start and finish for the road cycling and time-trial races. Tollcross International Swimming Centre underwent a significant expansion to accommodate all swimming events, among the most popular events of the Commonwealth Games.
South Side Cluster
Two of Glasgow's biggest stadiums lie in the South Side Cluster, Ibrox Stadium and Hampden Park. Much of the action will centre around the latter, which will host all track and field events and the closing ceremony on Sunday, August 3.
Ibrox will host the rugby sevens, and a custom-built mountain bike trail also runs through the South Side Cluster.
West End Cluster
The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre will play a massive role during the 2014 Commonwealth Games, as the preliminaries for both boxing and netball will be played in the Halls. All wrestling and judo will also take place there, with the boxing finals and netball finals joining all gymnastics in the Hydro.
The futuristic Clyde Auditorium will host all weightlifting, rounding out all the venues that make up the SECC Precinct.
Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre is sure to attract big crowds due to its unique setup in the middle of a park, and Scotstoun Stadium will be the venue for all table tennis and squash matches.
Three events will take place outside of Glasgow: The triathlon will take place at Strathclyde Country Park in Motherwell, Edinburgh's Royal Commonwealth Pool will host the diving events and all shooting competitions will be held at the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Barry.
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