MAP: The venues for Glasgow 2018 as European Championships kick off today with city centre celebration

(Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
(Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

THE 2018 European Championships will kick off later today with an opening party in Glasgow’s city centre.

The Great Big Opening Party in George Square will feature performances by Nina Nesbitt, The Ayoub Sisters and C Duncan, among others.

It is one of a number of cultural events planned around the inaugural European Championships being jointly hosted by Glasgow and Berlin.

It will see the existing European Championships of cycling, gymnastics, rowing, swimming, triathlon and athletics brought together for the first time, and is being billed as the biggest event in Glasgow since the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

A practice session at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The 11-day competition will span 12 venues including sites outside Glasgow – with open water swimming at Loch Lomond, triathlon at Strathclyde Country Park, golf at Gleneagles and diving in Edinburgh.

George Square (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The championships will officially begin on Thursday with track cycling, rowing and artistic gymnastics.

The venues