By Gary Anderson

The temporary track at Hampden Park will have a new home in Falkirk ©AFP/Getty ImagesThe athletics track at Hampden Park used for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is set to be up-rooted and moved to its new home at Grangemouth Stadium in Falkirk.

The move has come about following an application to sportscotland as part of the Glasgow 2014 Games legacy programme from the Falkirk Community Trust (FCT), the body which runs the venue.

FCT is also set to receive £30,000 ($50,000/€38,000) worth of sporting equipment that includes javelins, cones, distance markers, hammers and boxing gloves as part of the programme.

The same firm that laid the £600,000 ($994,000/€750,000) temporary track at Hampden Park, Malcolm Construction, will carry out the work on the Grangemouth Stadium

Work on removing the track from the home of Scottish football has already begun, with sections being lifted and cleaned before delivery to the new site.

A spokeswoman for FCT told insidethegames that they hope to have the new track in place in "five or six weeks".

The current track at the Grangemouth Stadium was laid in 1994.

The venue is home to the Falkirk Victoria Harriers and is also the location of the National Indoor Athletics Academy and Centre of Excellence in Scotland.

Usain Bolt powers to gold in the men's 4x100m final at Glasgow 2014 on the track that will be relocated to Grangemouth Stadium in Falkirk ©Getty ImagesUsain Bolt powers to gold in the men's 4x100m final at Glasgow 2014 on the track that will be relocated to Grangemouth Stadium in Falkirk ©Getty Images



"The lasting legacy of the Games will undoubtedly encourage many new participants to a variety of different sports," said chairman of Falkirk Community Trust, Ian Scott.

"Grangemouth already is a 'centre of excellence' when it comes to athletics and other sports - this gift will take it to a whole new level."

Falkirk Councillor Adrian Mahoney added: "The Games were a massive success for Glasgow and as part of the legacy programme we are really fortunate to be able to benefit from this amazing gesture.

"It means that athletes across the area can train using the best and most modern equipment on a state-of-the-art track to further develop their skills."

The transformation of Hampden Park into a temporary athletics arena was hailed as a huge success and the process dubbed the "Glasgow solution" is being seen by many as a blueprint for staging major athletics events at already built stadia around the world.

In order to meet the required standards for an International Association of Athletics Federations-approved track, the pitch at Hampden was raised by almost two metres using a temporary deck made up of 1,200 base panels supported by more than 6,000 structural steel stilts.

The capacity at Hampden Park was reduced from more than 50,000 to 44,000 for the seven days of athletics action during Glasgow 2014, which saw more than 1,000 athletes competing on the newly laid track and in-field area.

As well as an appearance from six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica, the crowds inside Hampden Park also witnessed silver medal-winning performances from home stars Eilidh Child and Lynsey Sharp on the track.

Contact the writer of this story at gary[email protected]


Related Stories
June 2014: 
Youngsters take centre stage as Hampden Park tests new track for Commonwealth Games
June 2014: Hampden Park track ready to welcome world's top athletes at Glasgow 2014 after stunning transformation
March 2014: Hampden Park's Glasgow 2014 transformation gets seal of approval from Ennis-Hill
December 2013: Hampden's famous turf lifted as Glasgow 2014 makeover gets underway
May 2013: Glasgow 2014 funded work on Hampden Park completed