Glasgow 2014: 100m video screen for Celtic Park

An artist's impression of the big screen in situ at Celtic Park. Picture: PA
An artist's impression of the big screen in situ at Celtic Park. Picture: PA
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A HUNDRED-metre-wide digital screen will be installed at Celtic Park as the football stadium is transformed to host the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The 1,020 square metre backdrop, said to be the largest of its kind in Europe, will display images of the ceremony as it unfolds on July 23. The video screen is set to run the length of the stadium’s South Stand.

Glasgow 2014 organisers said it will play a key role in the creation of a “dramatic, immersive visual experience” for thousands of spectators.

Details of the ceremony have yet to be revealed but volunteer auditions are under way.

Head of ceremonies David Zolkwer 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.”

Scotland’s national football stadium, Hampden, is also being transformed ahead of the Games.

The surface has been raised almost two metres on a bed of metal stilts to accommodate a running track and athletics field.

Tickets are still available for the opening ceremony from the Games’ official website.