17 Aug 2018
Organisers of the inaugural European Championships, which drew to a close on Sunday, have revealed that over 360,000 people attended an event, with 140,000 tickets sold and 220,000 participating in free sport and activities.
The event was the first of its kind, with sporting events jointly hosted by Glasgow and Berlin. Over the busy 10-day schedule Scotland welcomed more than 3,000 athletes, who competed in diving, swimming, open-water swimming, synchronised swimming, road cycling, track cycling, BMX, mountain biking, golf team championships, gymnastics, rowing and triathlon.
The events spanned 12 venues, including the SSE Hydro for artistic gymnastics, Loch Lomond National Park for open-water swimming and Strathclyde Country Park for rowing and triathlon.
Alongside the sporting schedule, George Square hosted Festival 2018, a cultural programme which attracted tens of thousands of people and included a mass karaoke and ceilidh events and an orchestral concert.
Team GB finished in second place in the medal table, behind Russia, with four Glaswegian athletes among the medallists. Laura Muir took gold in Berlin for the 1500m, Duncan Scott won one silver and three gold medals for swimming, Katie Archibald took one gold and two silver medals for cycling and Jack Carlin took a bronze for track cycling.
Championships director, Colin Hartley, commented: “A major marker of success will be the final broadcast numbers – we know the vast potential there is to showcase Scotland across Europe and beyond.
“However, the levels of competition, cheering and celebrating are all immediate indicators of the inaugural European Championships being an incredible success.”
Culture and tourism secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “This has been an exciting sporting celebration delivering seven sports in two cities across two nations, uniting sporting federations in a way that has never been done before and builds on our success in hosting major events.”