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Glasgow won the bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games with many new sports facilities due to be contructed in the East End. Further developments are also taking place along the Clyde Waterfront ahead of the Games including the new 12,000 seater SECC National Arena (also known as the Hydro), set to be the largest indoor entertainment venue in Scotland. The Hydro will play an integral role in the Commonwealth Games as the
home for both gymnastics and the netball finals. The Emirates Arena will host the cycling and badminton events. Several of the Cities football staduims will stage some of the events, namely, Celtic Park (Opening Ceremony), Hampden Park (Athletics) and Ibrox Park (Rugby Sevens).
Whether you like it or loathe it, it's an undeniable fact that football or fitba plays an integral part in the life of the city.
Glasgow is home to four senior football sides that ply their trade in the SPL and SFL. The biggest supported two teams, known collectively as the Old Firm, are Celtic and Rangers who respectively play at Celtic Park (sometimes referred to as Parkhead) in the East End and Ibrox Park in the Govan neighbourhood. Less well known are Partick Thistle who play at Firhill Stadium in the Maryhill neighbourhood and Queens Park who play at Hampden Park (the national stadium where Scotland play their home matches) in the Southside.
Shawfield Stadium is one of the few surving dog tracks in Scotland that is still in use.
The Glasgow Tigers host their home meetings at the Ashfield Stadium in the Possilpark neighbourhood.
The Braehead Clan play in the Elite Ice Hockey League which comprises teams from throughout the UK including three others from Scotland, namely, the Fife Flyers, the Edinburgh Capitals and the Dundee Stars. The Clan's home matches are played at the Braehead Arena.