Emirates Arena

The iconic Emirates Arena will play host to the Indoor Cycling World Championships in 2023.

A view of the spectacular Emirates Arena from the outside


Hosting Artistic Cycling and Cycle-ball, the floor belongs to Indoor Cycling at the Emirates Arena.

Purpose-built for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, there’s no better place for history to be made once more at the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships.

Make sure you’re in your seats to watch handlebar handstands and goals galore with thousands of other fans along for the ride.

Emirates Arena

Emirates Arena,
1000 London Rd,
G40 3HG.

The iconic Emirates Arena will play host to the two Indoor Cycling World Championships in 2023 – Artistic Cycling and Cycle-ball , so get ready for some amazing handlebar handstands and goals galore.

Purpose-built for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, there’s no better place for history to be made once more!

Sir Chris Hoy And Emirates Arena Track & Para Cycling Track Spectator Guide PDF 858.6 KB


The Emirates Arena is located in the east end of Glasgow City Centre on the north bank of the River Clyde. It is approximately 3.7km from Glasgow City Centre. The venue is 73km from Edinburgh and 41km from Stirling.

The venue is easily accessible on foot, by cycle and public transport so we recommend travelling by these modes. There is no parking at the venue.

When planning your journey

  • Road traffic and travel updates are available on the Traffic Scotland Website.
  • Public transport updates are available on the Traveline Scotland website and on the Traveline Scotland app.
  • You can also phone the Traffic Customer Care Line on 0800 028 1414 for both road travel and public transport information.

Available modes

  • Rail
  • Bus
  • Cycle and walk
  • Blue Badge parking


The venue is served by Dalmarnock and Bridgeton stations, which are both around 10-15 minutes walk to the Main Spectator Entrance on Clyde Gateway. Sunday services that do not normally stop at Dalmarnock, will be stopping there on Sunday 6 August.

Dalmarnock Station has frequent services to Glasgow Central which is only 7 minutes away.

For more information, visit National Rail or ScotRail.

Accessible Shuttle Bus

To support those with accessible access requirements travelling to the venue using public transport, there will be a shuttle bus that runs to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Emirates Arena from Dalmarnock train station. This service is free to use and no booking is required. This shuttle will also be available for your return journey to Dalmarnock train station.

Pick up point: The shuttle bus will pick up on Swanson Street,
behind Dalmarnock Station.

Shuttle type: Space for a wheelchair with up to 12 seats.

Operating hours: Please see the full schedule at the end of
this guide (on page 30) or this can be viewed on our website.

Frequency: Shuttles will run every 15 minutes depending on
traffic during the operating hours.


The venue is well served by local buses. The closest bus stop is at Forge Retail Park which is a 15-minute walk. The stop is served by five bus routes with frequent services into Glasgow City Centre (15-minute journey time) and other locations.

Bear in mind, road closures for road races within Glasgow City Centre may impact local bus routes, so plan ahead.

For more information and to plan your journey, visit Traveline Scotland.

Walking and Cycling

Walking is a great way to soak up the atmosphere during the Championships. From Glasgow City Centre, it takes around 40 minutes to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Emirates Arena.

The venue is approximately a 15-minute cycle from Glasgow City Centre. There is a segregated cycle lane along London Road for travelling between the venue and Glasgow City Centre. Cycle hire (including e-bikes) is available through Ovo powered by Nextbikes with locations across Glasgow including at the venue (London Road and Clyde Gateway).

Secure Cycle Parking (for 100 bikes) is available on the London Road side of the venue. This will be run by event staff and you must bring your own lock to secure your bike.

Accessibility: Our cycle parking is suitable for adaptive bikes.

Opening times: 60 minutes prior to start of session.

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Designated walking route: The Emirates Arena’s designated walking route can be picked up from Dalmarnock train station. The easiest route is to exit Dalmarnock train station, onto Dalmarnock Road, turn right onto Clyde Gateway and follow the road for about 750m before turning right to the Main Spectator Entrance. The various designated walking route options are shown on our travel map (on page 14 of the Spectator Guide).


Travel by car should be avoided where possible. There are extensive road closures in Glasgow City Centre and the West End for the road races. Road Race closures are in place from 4 to 8 August (inclusive) and again on 12 and 13 August.

There is also no parking available at the venue (with the exception of pre-booked accessible Blue Badge parking), so we recommend using public transport, walking and cycling.

Accessible parking

Dedicated Blue Badge parking is available at the venue.

There is no cost to park, but you do need to book in advance, as spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an electronic copy of your parking pass for the day via email.

There is no need to print this off however, as there may be limited mobile signal at the venue, taking a screenshot of the pass may be helpful.

Printed passes will be accepted, although there will be checks in place to ensure these are not duplicated.

For further information on venue accessibility, please read on to the accessibility section of this guide.

To book your parking pass, please contact accessibility@cyclingworldchamps.com.

Camping and Camper vanning

Glasgow has a strict policy of no camping, caravanning and camper vanning within the city’s boundaries.

Please book a pitch on one of the many commercial camp sites outside the city and travel in using public transport.

Please read the Scottish Outdoor Access Code’s Guide to Responsible Camping in Scotland if you are planning to camp. Please book your campsite space in advance.

Hints and tips for your journey

Here’s our top travel tips to get you to the Emirates Arena to enjoy the Championships:

  • The venue is easily accessible on foot, by bicycle and by public transport.
  • There is no parking at the venue - leave your car at home and use public transport or active travel means for a smoother journey.
  • Limited pre-bookable Blue Badge parking facilities are available at the venue.
  • Bear in mind, there will be road closures in Glasgow City Centre and the West End for the road races. Road closures begin 4 until 8 August and again on 12 and 13 August and they may impact bus routes and services. Please plan ahead.
  • If you are planning on driving into Glasgow at any point, please be aware that from June 1, 2023, a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) has come into force in Glasgow City Centre. All vehicles entering the city centre zone area will need to meet the less polluting emission standards or face a penalty charge. More information on this can be found on the Glasgow City Council website.

Entrance / Exit

The Spectator Entrance for the Emirates Arena is off Clyde Gateway, next to the existing 5-a-side pitches. This is the same for those with accessible needs, with the exception of those who have booked Blue Badge parking in advance.

  • At the entrance, spectators will go through a security check before having their ticket(s) scanned and validated.
  • Internet and mobile signal can sometimes be variable, so make sure you have your pdf digital ticket(s) downloaded onto your phone before you arrive, or bring a printed copy with you. Please note that screenshots of ticket(s) will not be permitted.
  • When leaving the event, you will exit via the London Road side of the venue.
  • Please note, if you are attending both sessions on the same day for Track or Para-cycling Track, you must exit the venue and re-enter through the main entrance so that your ticket(s) for the second session can be scanned.

Venue opening times

Event Venue opening time
Indoor cycling at Emirates Arena 60 minutes prior to session start time

Ticket office opening times are in line with the venue opening
times shown above.

Spectator facilities on venue

You’ll see on our handy venue maps (from page 18 of the Spectator Guide) that the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and Emirates Arena are well equipped for you to have a great day.
Facilities on venue:

  • Food & Drink
  • Public Toilets
  • Merchandise (cashless)
  • Water Refill Points
  • Assistance Dog Spending Area
  • Cycle Parking
  • Information Point
  • Quiet Space

Please note, there is no baggage storage at the venue. We advise that you don’t bring luggage to the venue, though rucksacks no larger than 25 litres in volume and containing what you need for your day will be permitted.

Most of the above facilities are accessible.

Spectator seating

In the Emirates Arena, the grandstand seating is around the arena. Seating is allocated per block so please check your ticket carefully.

All seating is accessed on level 3 and there is an accessible lift to this area.

Accessible facilities

Accessible toilets

These can be found on level 3. Please note there are no radar keys available, but these will be unlocked. The nearest Changing Places toilet is located at Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

Wheelchairs for loan

There will be a limited number of wheelchairs for loan. These will be available on a first-come, first-served basis every day.

Quiet space

This can be found on level 4. You will need to let a volunteer know if you wish to use this space as a chaperone is required to access this area.

Multifaith space

This can be found on level 4. You will need to let a volunteer know if you wish to use this space as a chaperone is required to access this area.

Baby changing

There are baby changing facilities in the female toilets on level 3, however a dedicated baby changing room can be found on level 2. You will need to let a volunteer know if you wish to use this space as a chaperone is required to access this area.

Assistance dog spending area

This will be located just outside the venue exit on London Road.

Accessible seating

There are dedicated wheelchair spaces, which include a companion seat, and easy access seating at both arenas in the venue.

Once you have had your ticket checked and entered the venue, make your way to the external lift on the left of the entrance steps and this will take you to the level 3 concourse.

Medal ceremonies

The Indoor Cycling medal ceremonies will take place within the same arena as the competition so there is no need to relocate.

What's the terrain like?

We have some top things to consider for the terrain of this venue should you have an accessible need:

  • Outdoor area is hard standing – paved/tarmac parking area
  • The indoor area is fully accessible with lift access to facilities on various levels

What are the key distances to be aware of?

Please find below some helpful distances to support you getting between the key event areas:

  • Blue Badge Parking ➡ Spectator entrance (20m)
  • Shuttle drop-off ➡ Spectator entrance (50m)

Rest areas & quiet spaces

Should you need a rest, there is an existing outdoor seating area to help break up the journey to your seat.

The Quiet Space can be found on level 4. You will need to let a volunteer know if you wish to use this space, as a chaperone is required to access this area.

There will be accessible needs volunteer staff to support you.

Reasonable adjustments

If you have any questions on any of the accessibility information included within this guide, or need to discuss your particular needs, please contact us at accessibility@cyclingworldchamps.com.

Fun Facts!

Originally built to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the venue is a major part of the East End of Glasgow’s regeneration plan.

The venue has hosted major international events like the 2017 BWF World Championships of badminton, the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships and 2022 Davis Cup.

The venue also serves the local community, with one of the biggest gyms in Glasgow...

Upcoming events at this venue