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Assistive Technology

Glasgow 2014 aspires to make the XX Commonwealth Games experience as accessible and inclusive as possible. To help achieve this, various forms of assistive technology will be provided across many venues, including audio description commentary and hearing enhancement technology.

Spectators can take advantage of the audio description commentary with the aid of a hand-held audio receiver.

Spectators who are hard of hearing can use the same receivers to listen to the in-venue commentary on the live action. The receivers are compatible with hearing aids switched to the ‘T’ setting.

Free of charge receivers can either be pre-booked or collected on venue at the spectator Information Point. You should bring photographic ID and your event ticket to collect. Counter loop technology will also be available at the spectator Information Points.

The receivers can be used with either standard ear-phones or an induction neck loop or ear hook. Those who book a receiver are welcome to bring their own headset/neck-loop/inductive ear loop, otherwise a number will be available to loan at each venue.

The table below details the sessions where these services are available.

  Venue Audio description Hearing enhancement
Opening Ceremony Celtic Park Yes Yes
Closing Ceremony Hampden Park Yes Yes
Aquatics (Diving) Royal Commonwealth Pool No Yes
Aquatics (Swimming) Tollcross International Swimming Centre Yes Yes
Athletics (Marathon) Glasgow City Marathon Course No Yes
Athletics (Track & Field) Hampden Park Yes Yes
Badminton Emirates Arena Finals and semi- finals Yes
Boxing SSE Hydro Finals Yes
Cycling (Mountain Bike) Cathkin Braes Mountain Bike Trails Yes Yes
Cycling (Time Trial & Road Race) Glasgow City Cycling Time Trial & Road Courses No Yes
Cycling (Track Cycling) Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, at the Emirates Arena Yes Yes
Gymnastics (Artistic) SSE Hydro Yes Yes
Gymnastics (Rhythmic) SSE Hydro Yes Yes
Hockey Glasgow National Hockey Centre Yes Yes
Judo SECC Precinct Yes Yes
Lawn Bowls Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre Yes Yes
Netball SSE Hydro Finals Yes
Para-Sport Powerlifting SECC Precinct Yes Yes
Rhythmic Gymnastics SSE Hydro Yes Yes
Rugby Sevens Ibrox Stadium Yes Yes
Shooting Barry Buddon Shooting Centre No Yes
Squash Scotstoun Sports Campus No Yes
Table Tennis Scotstoun Sports Campus No Yes
Triathlon Strathclyde Country Park Yes Yes
Weightlifting SECC Precinct No Yes
Wrestling SECC Precinct Yes Yes


As supply is limited , we would encourages those with a visual or hearing impairment to pre-book their receivers. In order to make a booking, please complete the Assistive Technology Booking Form (available in Word format) and email to

If you would prefer to telephone, please call 030 2014 0581. At busy times you may be required to leave a message and your contact details, but someone will call you back as soon as possible.

Completed hard copies of the Assistive Technology Booking Form can also be sent to the address below.

Accessibility Team

Glasgow 2014
Commonwealth House
32 Albion Street
G1 1LH

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