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Sport in Glasgow

As far as Scottish cities go, Glasgow is absolutely spoilt when it comes to sports.

2014 allowed Glasgow to showcase its sporting prowess to the world when it hosted the greatest Commonwealth Games to date in what was a true carnival of sports. The legacy of the games lives on through the many fine arenas and venues which now cater for the sport loving Glaswegians and all who want to use them. Whether you want to cycle around the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome or swim lengths of the Commonwealth pool at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, there is a world class sporting infrastructure waiting for you in Glasgow which will allow you to reap the rewards of professional facilities- no matter what level you’re at.

But if you think Glaswegians have an appetite for playing ports, wait until you see how much they love watching it. There are no doubts as to which sport Glaswegians love the most with the city being fanatical about its football - in fact an argument could be made for Glasgow being one of the most football obsessed cities in the entire world! Whilst the city boasts four teams playing in the Scottish Football Leagues, it is undoubtedly the two big rivals, Celtic and Rangers, that have attracted a global audience to football in the city. A trip to take in a match at either Celtic Park or Ibrox offers a great chance to sample the cities' love for football, and the two best match day atmospheres you will find on the British Isles - and we’re not just saying 2017 Celtic fans were awarded the FIFA award for being the best fans in the world! Though if you don’t fancy the huge crowds and fervent atmospheres of Celtic Park and Ibrox, then a trip to Hampden to watch Queens Park - the oldest football team in Scotland - or even a foray up to Firhill to watch Partick Thistle, would both represent intriguing and authentic Glaswegian footballing experiences.

However, you’d be wrong to assume that Glasgow’s sporting offerings are limited simply to football. In the city's affluent west end you will find top class rugby at Scotstoun, home to the 2015 Pro12 champions - Glasgow Warriors. The action at Scotstoun offers you the chance to watch high quality rugby in a very family friendly environment, making for a great day out in Glasgow. Similar environments can be found at the Braehead Arena where the Braehead Clan ply their trade in Britain’s elite ice hockey league, whilst the Emirates Arena hosts professional Basketball with the Glasgow Rocks.

Whether you wish to watch some football at two of the world’s biggest football clubs or try your hand in a Commonwealth Games venue, the diverse plethora of sporting attractions in Glasgow will be sure to keep you entertained during your time in Scotland’s biggest city.

Glasgow plays host to the European Championships - a new multi sport event this summer, stay in our Glasgow hostels during the championships here