GLASGOW is getting all spruced up for 11 crucial days in two years time which will showcase the city to a global television audience.
The bill will run into hundreds of millions of pounds but organisers believe it will be money well spent as Scotland's biggest city prepares to welcome the world.
Archie Graham is deputy leader of Glasgow City Council with special responsibility for ensuring the sporting extravaganza is a success.
He said: "There can be no doubt that the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be a unique opportunity for the city to deliver a huge economic boost and bequeath a legacy that brings real benefit to us all, not just economically, but also socially and environmentally.
"They key to the delivery of a successful Games and the creation of a lasting legacy is our ability to provide venues and infrastructure best suited to support such an enormous event - the biggest that we could ever hope to host.
"Our own success in creating this is a measure through which we can showcase what Glasgow can do and I am pleased to say that there has been tremendous progress made over the last six months in the various Games-related projects across the city.
"The development of these projects undoubtedly makes Glasgow a more attractive place in which to live, work, locate and invest. Many of these are landmark buildings which signpost the way to a more successful and prosperous city."
Another new landmark for Dalmarnock with building work well advanced and due to be completed next year at a cost of £150million. Thousands of competitors and officials will be accommodated in 700 new homes on the banks of the Clyde three miles from the centre of Glasgow.
The National Stadium will bring the curtain down at the closing ceremony.
Costing around £15m with another £3m of associated works, the innovate track on steel stilts – a world first – will sit on top of columns and beams and will sit above the Hampden turf. The revolutionary track will also be extended above the first eight or nine rows of seats.
Commonwealth Arena & Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome
This is a new complex in Dalmarnock and adjacent to Celtic Park and which is costing around £100m. Building work began in January, 2010 and it is due to be operation this October.
The arena will have 5000 permanent seats and will be one of the largest and most versatile venues of its kind in Europe. It will host badminton events and will be a felixible community hub with three sports hall, dance and fitness studios with outdoor multi-xcourt areas. Other attractions include hospitality suites and offices for governing bodies of sport. The velodrome is Scotland's only indoor cycling track and is named in honour of a Scot who is the most successful cyclist in the history of the Olympic Games. The main feature is the 250-metre track.
The SECC Precinct
Comprising the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, its two main halls will host judo, wrestling, boxing and netball preliminaries. The venue will be used as a media hub.
The Precinct also includes the neighbouring Clyde Auditorium – affectionately known as the Armadillo – where weighlifting and powerlifting events will be staged.
New neighbour The Hydro will complete the Precinct jigsaw. This landmark venue and indoor music arena has been chosen to host the artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and netball finals.
Costing £120m, the building which will seat more than 12,000 spectators is being built by Land Lease. Work started in February last year and will officially open on Monday, September 2, 2013.
Scotstoun Sports Campus
The existing Glasgow venue is a popular city sports centre which will stage squash and table tennis competitions. During the Games a glass wall show court will be created for squash and each game can be watched by 2500 spectators. Six squash courts have been built.
A popular country park on the South Side, it will be the venue for the mountain bike competition. Riders will go for glory on a purpose-built cross country circuit.
After the Games the course will be opened up to the public and there are plans to use it for international events.
The city's most historic park will be the starting and finishing point for three major events: The marathon as well as road race and time trials for cyclists. Hundreds of spectactors are expected to line city streets and the park after 2014 organisers decided all three events should be free.
Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre
It's undergone a major makeover. Five bowling greens have been completely reconstructed and pavilions refurbished while temporary seating for 2500 spectators is being provided for the Games. The centre is overlooked by the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Glasgow University. World bowls authorities say the city is set to host "the best lawn bowls competition the Commonwealth has ever seen."