Published Tuesday 15 July 2014

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games village is open for business and the very first New Zealand athletes have arrived.

The Lawn Bowls team of 22 arrived to an already bustling team environment and were quickly joined by members of the New Zealand shooting team.

Overnight tonight the team will welcome both the artistic gymnastics team and an advance party of weightlifters.

Deputy Chef de Mission Jake Wilkins says the village is ready and excitement is building.

“With teams starting to roll in, the village has gone from being very quiet to getting a real sense of action, the excitement is increasing and we have greatly enjoyed welcoming two of our bigger teams shooting and lawn bowls into the New Zealand Team,” he said.

“Set up has gone really well and we feel ready to support the rest of the team that are about to arrive en masse over the next 5 days.”

Village preparations have included the building of a stand-alone marquee to host the athletes lounge, the set-up of a performance recovery centre that includes hot and cold pools and the medical and office areas.

Coffee, Kiwi lollies, traditional AA signs and posters of stunning New Zealand scenery provide a taste of home for the athletes.

By the day of the Opening Ceremony on 23 July close to 300 team members will be in Glasgow.