By Nick Butler

Hampden Park about to host an international football match in September ahead of construction work beginning ©AFP/Getty ImagesDecember 13 - Malcolm Construction, the firm tasked with delivering the transformation of Scotland's National Stadium at Hampden Park for the Commonwealth Games, have been unveiled as the latest sponsor of Glasgow 2014.

The Glasgow-based company, who began work to change Hampden Park into a "world class athletics venue for the Games" earlier this month, has been named as the Official Construction Provider and will join other sponsors in supporting next year's Games with immediate effect. 

Their immediate focus however will remain the process to transform Hampden Park into a 44,000-seated athletics arena, before returning the iconic stadium to its current 52,000 capacity following it hosting the Closing Ceremony to mark the end of the Games.

The work is being billed as the Games' "most innovative construction project" and will see the Stadium being given a "dramatic new look" to gain the width and length required for a track approved by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

One element of this process will see the playing surface raised by more than six feet on a grid of structural steel stilts - the first time this technology has been used on this scale to deliver a world-class athletics event.

As well as technological innovation, the Stadium will also host the most eagerly anticipated sports at the Games, with some of the world's biggest stars set to compete. 

Top athletes, including Scotland's 400 metre hurdler Elidh Child, should be taking to the Hampden Park track come Glasgow 2014 ©Getty ImagesTop athletes, including Scotland's 400 metres hurdler Elidh Child, should be taking to the Hampden Park track come Glasgow 2014 ©Getty Images

As well as Scottish stars, such as Delhi 2010 silver medal winner Elidh Child, entrants are set to include several London 2012 Olympic champions, including England's Greg Rutherford and Jessica Ennis-Hill as well as top Caribbean sprinters and East African endurance runners.

The famous Hampden turf has already been removed to mark the beginning of the construction process earlier this month and work to install the raised surface is ongoing.

Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemburg is confident Malcolm Construction will continue to be up to the challenge, and was delighted to announce their sponsorship role.

"We warmly welcome Malcolm Construction to the Glasgow 2014 Sponsor Family," he said. 

"Our transformation plan for Hampden is both innovative and sustainable and it's great to have on board a Glasgow-based company with a strong track record in construction to deliver this pioneering project."

In a similar vein Martin Kiely, managing director of Malcolm Construction, expressed delight for the company "to be named a sponsor for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in our home city."

"This will be a fantastic event for all of Scotland and we look forward to what we are sure will be a successful and historic Games," he added.

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