Glasgow 2014 unveils plan to transform Celtic Park for opening ceremony

Glasgow 2014 has unveiled its ambitious plans to transform Celtic Park into a window on the world for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

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The stadium's South Stand will be fitted with a 100m wide digital LED backdrop, the largest screen of its kind in Europe, to create an immersive visual experience for the audience at athletes attending the ceremony.

The screen, which weighs 38 tonnes and is 11 metres high, will be used to share images of events and connect the stadium to city live sites and homes in Glasgow, the Commonwealth and beyond.

Eileen Gallagher, Independent Director on the Glasgow 2014 Board and Chair of the Ceremonies, Culture and Queen's Baton Relay Committee said: "Glasgow 2014's Opening Ceremony is a wonderful opportunity for Glasgow and Scotland to welcome the world to the Commonwealth Games, to demonstrate our warmth and creativity and show that we love to host a good party.

"The 'Window on the Commonwealth' being created in Celtic Park is just one exciting glimpse of what I know will be a very special evening and just one of the ways through which we can realise our bold creative ambition to showcase our host city and nation in a number of surprising ways."

David Zolkwer, Head of Ceremonies & Artistic Director for Glasgow 2014 said: "The building of a screen of this scale - running the entire length of Celtic Park's South Stand - is going to add a really audacious dimension to Glasgow 2014's Opening Ceremony. Both through sheer spectacle and as a wonderful story-telling device, our goal is for the screen to be a wow factor - a fantastic augmentation to the story we are telling our live audience in the stadium and the many hundreds of millions of people watching on television around the world."

The creative content of the Ceremony is still under wraps, however, auditions have taken place for thousands of people who have volunteered to be part of the Ceremonies cast.

There are currently a limited number of tickets still available for the Opening Ceremony. Visit the Glasgow 2014 site for more details.

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