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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