Glasgow 2014: Chieftains are named as Athletes' Village opens

Flags in Athletes' Village
Image caption Athletes are due to begin arriving at the village ahead of the Games which get under way on 23 July

The Athletes' Village for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow has officially opened.

About 6,500 athletes and officials will be housed in more than 700 purpose-built homes in the 35 hectare community in Dalmarnock.

The site features a village green, medical centre, gym, retail zone and a 2,014-seat dining hall.

Games Villages normally appoint a mayor, but Glasgow 2014 will have a chieftain instead.

Organisers said the move will inject some Highland Games tradition into the custom of having an honorary person to represent the organising committee in the village.

Eight chieftains have been selected and will share the role, each carrying out three or four days of engagements.

Former rugby captain Gavin Hastings will be the first person in the chieftain role.

Image caption The village features more than 700 houses and sits on the banks of the River Clyde in Dalmarnock
Image caption A huge dining hall will cater for the athletes with about 390,000 meals expected to be served during the Games

The official opening ceremony for the village will feature a performance including dance, theatre and poetry.

Earlier this month 200 invited guests, including members of the media, took part in a test run of facilities at the village.

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

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