Glasgow 2014 Timeline

A look at the key landmarks in the run up to the games.

September 2004 - Glasgow beats Edinburgh to be named as Scotland's candidate city in the race to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

November 2007 - After Canadian city Halifax drops out, Glasgow is left in straight fight with Nigerian capital Abuja and triumphs after landing almost two thirds of the vote.

September 12, 2012 - A velodrome to be used at the Games is named in honour of Sir Chris Hoy after the six-time Olympic champion is appointed Glasgow 2014's first ambassador.

September 20 - Clyde, a giant green thistle named after the river which flows through the city, is unveiled as the official Games mascot.

March 2013 - Organisers of the Glasgow 2014 receive more than 50,000 applications for volunteers.

May 13 - "Family friendly'' prices, capped at £25 per ticket for two thirds of the briefs on offer, are announced by Games chiefs.

July 23 - Scotland marks the one-year countdown with a series of events around the country.

August 18 - Around one million tickets - about 70 per cent of the total amount - go on sale. However, hopeful fans are met by hour-long delays on the online ticketing system as organisers admit "very high'' demand has outstripped the supply of briefs.

October 7 - The 15,000 volunteers selected for duty during the games are dubbed the "Clydesiders'' in honour of Glasgow's ship-building past. However, there is disappointment when the Gambia pulls out of the Games after resigning from the Commonwealth, leaving the number of competing nations at 70.

October 9 - The Queen's Baton Relay sets off from Buckingham Palace before visiting all 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth during its 248-day journey, including India, Singapore, St Lucia and Canada.

December 3 - Work to transform Hampden - the home of Scottish football - into an athletics arena begins as the stadium's pitch is torn up.

January 10, 2014 - Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill is ruled out of the Games after announcing she is pregnant.

April 3 - Organisers reveal that five of the notorious Red Road tower blocks are to be demolished live during the Games' opening ceremony.

April 13 - But the controversial plans are scrapped just 10 days later after a furious response from locals and politicians.

April 14 - The medals which will be awarded to successful athletes are unveiled at a ceremony at Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery.

April 23 - Louise Martin, the vice-chair of the 2014 organising committee, claims the world's fastest man Usain Bolt is "95 per cent certain'' to compete at Glasgow 2014.

May 12 - Double Olympic champion Mo Farah confirms he will compete at Glasgow 2014, ending months of speculation about whether he would take part.

May 13 - Organisers put 100,000 extra tickets on sale but are forced to suspend sales for more than a week after the computer system responsible struggles to cope with another surge of interest from desperate fans.

July 1 - Six-time Olympic champion Bolt confirms he will run in Glasgow, but only as part of Jamaica's 4x100m relay team.

June 3 - Glasgow-born singer Lulu is revealed as the headline act for the Celtic Park opening ceremony.

July 12 - Team Scotland unveils its finalised list of athletes, with the 310-strong squad the nation's biggest ever for a Commonwealth Games.

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