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The 2014 Commonwealth Games in numbers

Hampden Park is playing host to the closing ceremony, along with the showpiece track and field events. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images


  • 71 nations and territories are taking part in the games, including separate teams for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Jersey, Guernsey, Gibraltar and the Isle of Man also have their own teams.
British athletes will compete under their home nation's flag, rather than Team GB. Credit: PA
  • This is the 20th Commonwealth Games. The first took place in 1930 in the Canadian city of Hamilton, with just 11 nations represented - 60 fewer than this year's Games.
  • The Games were originally known as the British Empire Games until a name change in 1978.
  • 3,000 volunteers from all over Scotland are taking part in the opening ceremony at Celtic Park.

ITV News Scotland correspondent Debi Edward has taken a look at the preparations for the ceremony.

  • Although there will be 40,000 people watching the opening ceremony at Celtic Park, the global TV audience for the curtain-raiser is expected to be a whopping 1.5 billion.
  • There will be four times as many people at the opening ceremony as there are in the whole of Tuvalu - the tiny Polynesian island nation that is the smallest country represented at the Games.
A massive global audience is expected for the opening ceremony. Credit: PA
  • The Queen's baton, containing a message from Her Majesty, has travelled for 250 days, visiting all of the 71 nations represented on its way to the opening ceremony.
A boy from the Solomon Islands carrying the Queen's baton on its way to Glasgow. Credit: Commonwealth Games handout/PA Wire
  • Boxing is the most expensive sport to watch at the games, with Category 1 tickets on sale for a hefty £120.
Tickets to see the likes of Nicola Adams are among the most expensive on offer. Credit: PA
  • Team sports are a relatively new introduction - this will be only the fifth Games where sports such as hockey have featured.
Team sports including Rugby 7s have only been part of the Games since 1998. Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

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