Glasgow 2014: 'Test run' for Athletes' Village

Athletes' Village About 200 people took part in the Athletes' Village test run

A "test run" of the facilities at the Commonwealth Games Athletes' Village has been carried out.

About 200 invited guests spent a night in the purpose-built accommodation in Dalmarnock.

From the Athletes Village

We are in! About 200 of us - invited guests and journalists - are "testing" the facilities at the Athletes' Village.

We were bussed in by organisers Glasgow 2014 and had to pass through the "airport style" security before being given our room keys, pass and site map.

My room is in the accommodation block that will be used by the Canadian athletes during the Games.

We had a tour of the site, which is the size of 54 football pitches, and saw the 2,000-seat dining area, gym, medical centre, retail zone and recreational space.

For dinner we are sampling some of the 2,000 menu items which will be on offer.

Then it's time to settle down for the down for the night in beds which will soon be used by some of the world's top athletes.

I'm told that at the end of the Games athletes usually take home their duvets as souvenirs.

Don't think I can quite squeeze mine into my overnight bag.

They toured the site, tried out the catering services and slept in beds which could soon be used by the likes of Mo Farah and possibly Usain Bolt.

The village was put in lockdown last week with tight security measures now in place ahead of the Games.

About 6,500 athletes and team officials will stay in the Athletes' Village during the 11 days of sporting competition.

Glasgow 2014 said it was not possible to fully test the village but that the event taking place on Friday into Saturday would allow a trial of some of the services available.

A spokeswoman added: "The village isn't just a bed for an athlete, it's a dining area, a medical facility, a retail zone and a recreational space, a quiet sanctuary where athletes can relax and unwind away from the intensity of competition and training."

After the Commonwealth Games work will begin on a "retro-fit" to convert the athletes' accommodation into a community of 700 family homes and flats.

It is hoped the first permanent residents will be able to move in from December.

Athletes' Village gym The village includes facilities such as a gym for the athletes to use
Inside the Athletes' Village Recreational areas for the athletes are also included
Room at Athletes' Village The guests will try out the catering services and beds
Athletes' village After the Games the Athletes' Village will be converted into houses and flats

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  81.  
    @scotborders Scottish Borders Council

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  82.  
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    • A725 South Lanarkshire: A724 junction at Blantyre partially blocked by accident eastbound.
    • A702 Penicuik to Edinburgh city bypass: Drifting snow.
    • M80: Reports that traffic at a standstill at Castelcary.
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    07:40: 'Get Scots active' call

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    @NWTrunkRoads BEAR NW Trunk Roads

    Conditions on #A9 #Aviemore at 07:15 this morning #snow and poor visibility - are you prepared to travel?

    Snow
     
  91.  
    @trafficscotland Traffic Scotland

    #A92 btwn Lochgelly & Kirkcaldy - All lanes blocked N/B & 1 lane blocked S/B due to RTC. Please avoid the area for the moment.

     
  92.  
    07:23: Tennis: Murray v Berdych BBC Sport Scotland

    You can follow live coverage of Andy Murray's Australian Open semi-final against Czech Tomas Berdych from 08:15 GMT.

    BBC Sport Murray v Berdych stats

    Tune into BBC Two, watch via the BBC Red Button and online, or follow text commentary and analysis here.

     
  93.  
    07:13: 'Home rule'

    A "Home Rule bill for Scotland" would be introduced within the first 100 days of a Labour government, according to the party's leader.

    Ed Miliband

    Ed Miliband will make the commitment during a visit to Glasgow later.

    The SNP said any suggestion the bill would amount to real Home Rule was "laughable".

     
  94.  
    07:05: Andy! Kheredine Idessane BBC Scotland

    Here's @andy_murray practising on court 17 ahead of this morning's big SF v Berdych, live on BBC TV & radio from 8am

    Andy Murray
     
  95.  
    Email: newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk 07:02: Your pictures - snow in Scotland

    John Collins was out early to walk his dog in central Scotland.

    Dog in snow

    Send us pictures of how things look out your way.

     
  96.  
    07:00: Waking up to a white blanket Louise Sayers BBC Scotland

    Good Morning, and welcome to today's edition of Scotland Live.

    People across Scotland are seeing cold and snowy conditions. North Lanarkshire seems to have seen some of the deepest snowfall, with reports of up to 8 inches of snow overnight.

    Take care when out and about - particularly on the roads.

     

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