Connecting the Games – Celtic Park
Celtic Park will host the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. Celtic Park is located next to the Athletes’ Village, making it ideal for athletes attending the Opening Ceremony in the stadium.
Owned by the famous Glasgow Celtic Football Club, Celtic Park has a long history and was built in 1892. The stadium was completely redeveloped and upgraded in 1999 and today it is one of the finest football venues in the United Kingdom. The stadium has a spectator arrangement that brings the audience close to the action; it provides an excellent setting for the Opening Ceremony.
The Opening Ceremony
At the Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, 40,000 spectators will be treated to a stunning night of entertainment.For the first time in Games history, the Glasgow 2014 Opening Ceremony will feature a Commonwealth-wide fundraiser for children, thanks to thier ground-breaking partnership with leading children’s organisation, UNICEF.Spectators, athletes and an expected one billion viewers from across the Commonwealth will all have the chance to play their part in the ceremony as we come together for one special moment, to Put Children First.
Boston Networks Solution
As the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Official Cabling Services Provider, Boston Networks has designed, deployed and will maintain, during Games Time, a highly robust and high performing data, voice and TV infrastructure throughout Celtic Park and all other competition and non-competition Games venues.
Comprising 2 exclusive networks, Boston Networks cabling infrastructure will deliver the capability to transmit a multitude of technologies to empower the Games Workforce, the athletes, the Host Broadcaster, sports commentators and the press at Celtic Park.
Games Data Network for the Opening Ceremony and Logistics
Boston Networks has designed and delivered a robust cabling infrastructure backbone, utilising single and multi-mode fibre optic cabling. The resilient backbone will support the Games Data & Voice Network connecting the key venue operational area.
The Games Data & Voice Network will be utilised by the Games Workforce, security officials and the world’s media, to support the secure and seamless transmission of data, voice and IP telephony.
In addition cabling systems will also be installed across the competition areas, to support technologies such as PSTN, ISDN and ADSL, supporting the transmission of rapid news feeds, which are critical to the hundreds of media that will operate from the dedicated press area.
Games Television System
Boston Networks has also designed a dedicated Games Television System (Games TVS), using leading edge IPTV technology, to seamlessly transmit footage from the Host Broadcaster throughout Celtic Park and all other competition and selected non-competition venues.
Additionally, the Games TVS will distribute live video from the Host Broadcaster to each of the commentary positions throughout all of the competition venues.
All the technical and operational planning of the Games TVS will be delivered by Boston Networks on behalf of Glasgow 2014, including:
- The supply of the Games TVS equipment and associated services in accordance with the defined requirements of Glasgow 2014.
- Full testing and commissioning of the Games TVS to ensure full integration and operation throughout all competition and selected non-competition venues.
- An enhanced operational and technical support service for pre-Games and Games time periods.
Games Time Support
Boston Networks will provide on-going support and maintenance for all cabling and Games TVS equipment throughout supply, installation, commissioning and testing stages of the Games, throughout Celtic Park and other competition and non-competition venues.
The level and extent of support will vary depending on the operational timeframes and requirements of each Venue, however it will be 24/7 and omnipresent for the duration of Games Time.
The Boston Networks project and technical support team will be managed from the TOC, which will be the main Games Technology operations, monitoring and control centre for all information technology and communication systems provided for the Games.
In addition to the provision of technical support, Boston Networks will provide overarching service arrangements, ensuring that all operations are being appropriately managed and supported, as well as providing incident resolution and escalation mechanisms for the Games.