A world class sports venue, airport style security, enthusiastic greeters, prestigious athletes and a lively atmosphere. You could easily have been mistaken for thinking that the Commonwealth Games had already started in the city but this was the Glasgow Grand Prix, traditionally held in London, this prestigious two day IAAF Diamond League event gave athletes a chance to experience the stadium that many of them will be competing at in just over a weeks time.
This was my first view of the transformation of Hampden from national football stadium to a shiny new athletics venue and while I'm no expert it certainly looked the part and with personal bests beaten and records broken I think it is safe to say it has lived up to the months of hype.
I attended along with a couple of my fellow #Team14 bloggers so we could get an insight into the new look stadium and get a taste of what to expect when the Games start in just over a week. It is safe to say we were all impressed.
This was my first time at an athletics event and I really enjoyed it. The atmosphere at Hampden was exciting, there was lots going on and it was easy to follow. With some big names getting some big cheers and of course lots of noisy support for Team GB and homegrown talent there was plenty of enthusiasm from the crowd.
The only disappointment for me was the lack of crowd as the stadium looked more than half empty, although I don't have the exact attendance figures, however If this was the atmosphere when half empty I can only imagine how electrifying it would be when full. I really hope that lots of empty seats are not the case during the Commonwealth Games and the people of Glasgow and Scotland show their support for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
I'm not ashamed to admit that one of my highlights was meeting BritBear, the British Athletics mascot. I am a bit of a mascot stalker and had to get a photo to add to my growing collection. With a little help from my fellow #Team14 bloggers we enticed him over for a quick group shot although I think we left him a little traumatised!
All in all I had a really fun day and it made me even more excited for what lies ahead in the next few weeks. If there is a message I hope the Games get across it is that Scotland knows how to party and we know how to roar, so let's fill up venues and let everyone hear our roar not just in Hampden but all across the city.
At the beginning of June I was chosen as one of the official bloggers for the XX Commonwealth Games that will be held in Glasgow from 23rd July to 3rd August 2014.