In pictures: Meadowbank's sporting history as stadium reopens

Stadium has twice hosted the Commonwealth Games and staged other major contests.

In pictures: Meadowbank’s sporting history as arena reopens after £47m revamp

Meadowbank sports centre, which has twice hosted the Commonwealth Games, reopened on Tuesday morning after a £47m revamp.

The Edinburgh arena where Liz McGolgan won gold in 1986 and Chris Hoy first took to the velodrome has been closed for four-and-a-half years.

It was also once home to the defunct Meadowbank Thistle Football Club and now hosts League One side FC Edinburgh and Hibs’ women’s team.

Some of boxing champion Alex Arthur’s most memorable bouts took place there, while sell-out crowds have also rocked to the likes of the Foo Fighters and Radiohead.

How stadium has changed

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Meanwhile, families have traditionally flocked to Meadowbank for an annual fireworks display in November.

The new-look 500-seat stadium features a fresh outdoor athletics track, as well as 60m lanes indoors, where there is more spectator seating.

It also boasts halls, fitness classes, a cycling studio, gyms and squash courts.

Here, in pictures, we look back at some of Meadowbank’s most memorable moments.

1986 Commonwealth Games

The opening ceremony ahead of the Games, which were boycotted by many nations in protest against Britain's sporting links with apartheid-era South Africa. SNS Group
Liz McColgan - as Liz Lynch - burst onto the scene by winning gold in the 10,000m.SNS Group
Thousands gathered for the closing ceremony in Edinburgh.SNS Group
One of the attractions rolls around the athletics track as the curtain fell on the 1986 Games.SNS Group

Scottish league football

Victor Kasule (wearing number 10) scores a promotion-winning goal for Meadowbank Thistle against East Stirling in 1987.SNS Group
Dougie Imrie nets a penalty for Hamilton against Edinburgh City (now FC Edinburgh) in a 2016 League Cup group stage match.SNS Group

Alex Arthur title fights

Alex Arthur lands a firm punch to the head of Craig Docherty during a Commonwealth and British super-featherweight bout in 2005.SNS Group
Arthur is pronounced winner after his IBF Intercontinental super-featherweight championship battle with Nazarenzo Gaston in 2004.SNS Group

Professional rugby

Edinburgh's Tom Philip and Matt Mustchin of Ulster battle for possession during a Celtic League clash in 2003.
Brendan Laney scores in the last minute for Edinburgh against Toulouse in the Heineken Cup in 2003.SNS Group

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