But for an army of staff in the City Chambers, success will be measured on whether the bins are collected and traffic is kept moving during the sporting extravaganza.
Everyone involved with the Games is determined Glasgow will be open for business next summer.
And while city business bosses are said to be showing "genuine enthusiasm" for the event, they are anxious about how it will impact on them.
Recently, Chamber of Commerce chief executive Stuart Patrick said firms were looking for information to help them draw up their plans for next summer.
The council and its partners, including Glasgow 2014 and Police Scotland, are in the process of doing that but have a massive logistical task in front of them.
For what will ensure the city will be open for business will happen not in the superb sports venues, but in the streets round about them.
The planners are looking at which roads will have to be closed during the 11 days of competition and the diversions that will be needed.
Closing roads means some refuse collection days may have to be changed and planned for.
Council licensing chiefs are having to plan for the large number of pubs, clubs and restaurants likely to apply for longer opening hours during the event.
And a host of traffic management schemes are being drawn up to ensure the city doesn't grind to a halt.
The staging of the National Road Cycling Championships in the city centre this summer resulted in council roads bosses sending out 20,000 letters to residents and firms likely to be affected.
But the Games will impact on huge areas of the city, upping the ante for planners.
Information packs are being drawn up for firms which will include advice on how to operate effectively with hundreds of thousands of extra visitors in the city.
The council's website will eventually have detailed information on decisions which will impact on people living or working near venues.
The plan is that anyone with a home or company near the Emirates Arena will be able to click on it for exact details of road closures and any other activity in the area which could potentially impact on them as they attempt to go about their day by day business.
Council leader Gordon Matheson says the authority is determined to keep Glasgow running as normally as possible during the Games.
If that is achieved, it will be down to the army of people working behind the scenes.
Communication will be key if Scotland's largest city is to make the best of the largest multi-sport event it has ever hosted.
It will be next July before we find out if the years of planning have been a success.
In the meantime the pressure will only intensify for council staff as Games time looms ever closer.