the stage is set, the athletes are ready, and the starting gun is about to be fired.
The eyes of the world will be on Celtic Park in Glasgow for tonight’s spectacular opener to the 20th Commonwealth Games, featuring performances from the likes of Rod Stewart, Susan Boyle and Amy McDonald.
On the night there will be 40,000 spectators inside the stadium as the ceremony is beamed into a potential TV audience of 1.5 billion.
The competition then begins in earnest at venues across Glasgow and, let’s not forget, Edinburgh’s own Royal Commonwealth Pool.
Commonwealth Games Scotland chairman Michael Cavanagh says: “What we are about to deliver in Glasgow, I think, will be the best ever Commonwealth Games for sure.
“We have learned from Manchester and particularly London 2012. Everything is just coming together to create a great experience.”
With 1.1 million tickets sold – and with no general parking for ticketed spectators – rail services are expected to be very busy.
As well as extra trains throughout the Games, National Express is running late night services for fans travelling to Glasgow. With many of the top events such as finishing late in the evening, it will also run overnight services to and from Glasgow from 20 UK cities.
So if you are one of the lucky ones to have tickets for an event, don’t turn getting there into a marathon. Follow our handy guide to all the venues in use here:
Scoutstoun Sports Campus
Sports: Squash, table tennis
Getting there: Based in the Glasgow West End, the campus can be reached by train from Glasgow Central to Scotstounhill then a 15-minute walk. There are local buses going to nearby Dumbarton Road.
Venue details: It is already a popular sporting and community resource which includes the National Badminton Academy, indoor tennis centre and other fitness facilities.
Events: Opening ceremony.
Getting there: The three stations serving Celtic Park are Bellgrove. Dalmarnock and Bridgeton. Celtic Park, which is the stadium two miles from the city centre, is next to the Athletes’ Village. It can easily be reached by public transport but parking is restricted.
Venue details: Owned by Celtic FC, the stadium was completely redeveloped in 1999.
Sports: Rugby Sevens.
Getting there: The ground is a couple of miles away from Glasgow Central and Queen’s Street railway stations. Once in Glasgow, it is recommended that people either travel via a taxi, or go down Argyll Street to the St Enoch underground station and take the Inner Circle underground train to the ground. A shuttle bus will also take people from Buchanan Street to Brighton Street. From here it is a seven-minute walk. A shuttle bus for disabled people also leaves from Patrick train station.
Venue details: The stadium is the third largest football stadium in Scotland, with a seating capacity of more than 51,000.
Sports: Track and field athletics and closing ceremony.
Getting there: Train to Glasgow Central and then on to Mount Florida followed by a 15-minute walk, or a shuttle bus from Buchanan bus station to Aikenhead Road followed by a 10 minute-walk. A shuttle bus for the disabled also leaves from Mount Florida station. Cycling takes about 15 minutes from the city centre. Walking would be under an hour.
Venue details: Hampden has been raised by 1.9 metres to transform the stadium into an international-standard track and field facility. A warm-up track and jump areas have been created next to the stadium.
The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
Sports: Gymnastics, boxing, judo, netball, wrestling, weightlifting and powerlifting
Getting there: Train to Glasgow Central and then on to the Exhibition Centre station, the SECC’s own dedicated railway station. There are six trains an hour from Central station.
Venue details: The SECC is the largest venue precinct in the Games. During the Games it is also the home of the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre.
Strathclyde Country Park
Getting there: The park is 14 miles from Glasgow city centre. The venue is accessible by public transport with options from across the city including, rail and bus routes. Car parking at or near the venue will be restricted to authorised vehicles only. It is possible to get there by train to Glasgow Central then to Motherwell followed by a 25-minute walk. Local buses go to Hamilton Road at the park.
Venue details: Strathclyde Loch will be used for swimming, with the cycling and running stages taking place along surrounding roads and pathways.
Emirates Arena/Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome
Sports: Track cycling and badminton.
Getting there: Trains run from Argyle Street to Dalmarnock. From there it is 10 minutes on foot, or from Queen Street to Bellgrove then a 20-minute walk.
Venue details: The arena has an hydraulically operated athletics track. Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome played host to the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in November 2012,.
Cathkin Braes Mountain Bikes Trails
Sports: Mountain biking.
Getting there: Take the shuttle bus from Buchanan bus station to Carmunnock Road, then a 15-minute walk. Bus numbers 5, 31 or 75 to Castlemilk take you within a 12-minute walk of the venue.
Venue details: The venue is on Glasgow’s south side 6.7 miles from Glasgow city centre and a 15-minute drive from the Commonwealth Games Village (CGV).
Barry Buddon Shooting Academy
Getting there: A train from Edinburgh Waverley to Carnoustie takes about 1 hour 45 minutes followed by a 45-minute walk to the venue. Those wishing to use the “park and shuttle” service can drive to Black Slab close to the Carnoustie Hotel, and take the bus from Kinloch Street. A shuttle bus for disabled people runs from Carnoustie station.
Venue details: The centre within the Ministry of Defence’s training camp includes a combination of existing and temporary international standard ranges allowing spectators to experience all the shooting events
Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre
Sports: Lawn bowls
Getting there: By train, from Edinburgh to Glasgow Queen Street and then on to Patrick followed by a 20-minute walk. By subway, it is a five-minute walk from Kelvinhall. A shuttle bus for disabled people leaves from Patrick station. By bike it is about 14 minutes from the city centre, and takes about 35 minutes on foot. There is no parking.
Venue details: The Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre is about 1.9 miles west of Glasgow city centre.
Tollcross International Swimming Centre
Getting there: Trains go from Glasgow Queen Street to Carntyne. From there, it is 15 minutes on foot to the venue. Buses also go to Tollcross Road.
Venue details: The existing 50 metre, 10-lane pool has been joined by a new 50m, six-lane warm-up and training pool.
Royal Commonwealth Pool
Getting there: Dalkeith Road, one-minute walk (buses 2, 14, 30, 33, X95)
Venue details: Is the only venue to be used for three Commonwealth Games.