The European Athletics Indoor Championships will return to Glasgow after 29 years when the Emirates Arena will play host to the prestigious event in 2019.
Following a successful bid, Scotland bagged the rights for staging Athletics event. The Emirates Arena had earlier hosted the Indoor Grand Prix 2016 and British Athletics International Match from 2013 to 2015. The participation of over 600 athletes from 50 countries would make the three day gala one of the biggest sporting events to be held in Glasgow. The event was previously staged in the city in 1990 at the Kelvin Hall. Home favourite Lynsey Sharp the European champion is fairly confident Glasgow can deliver the best-ever European Athletics Indoor Championships in 2019.
“This is great news for Glasgow, for athletics in the UK in general and Scotland in particular. I’m sure it will be an amazing championships that athletes and the community will be proud to be part of. Competing in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 was a fantastic experience and I can’t wait to compete on home turf again. Scotland has proved that we can host great major athletics events and I’m confident that 2019 will be the best-ever European Indoor Championships.”
— Team GB (@TeamGB) April 23, 2016
VisitScotland’s Director of Events, Paul Bush OBE expressed his delight over Scotland winning the rights to host one of the world’s most prestigious athletics events , hoping it will aid in enhancing the country’s reputation as the perfect stage for events. He said that securing the event for the Emirates Arena just after the inaugural European Championships cements Glasgow place as a leading sporting city.
Frank McAveety Comments.
Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “This is fantastic news for Glasgow and we are honoured that European Athletics have put their faith in us. We won’t let them down.
“It has been a momentous week for Glasgow, following on from our success at the SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Cities awards where we were named in the world’s top five sporting cities and recognised as the best in the world in terms of legacy.
Going to Glasgow! We're looking forward to a fantastic European Athletics Indoor Championships in 2019 .. pic.twitter.com/3GVrxB4Kw5
— European Athletics (@EuroAthletics) April 23, 2016
“We are committed to delivering an athlete and spectator-focused European Indoor Athletics Championships in 2019. The hard work starts now but we are determined to deliver a world-class event that secures a lasting legacy for future generations.”
Niels de Vos Comments.
Also speaking about this development was Niels de Vos. The British Athletics Chief Executive said that it was great news for British sport that Glasgow would host the event in 2019. With the city’s track record of hosting major events like the 2014 CWG, he was certain that it would be an amazing experience. He said that it would cap off some exciting few years for British Athletics following the IAAF Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff, the 2017 IAAF and IPC World Championships in London and 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.
Nigel Holl, Chief Executive of Scottish Athletics continued in a similar vein. “We know the Emirates Arena in Glasgow is a cracking venue for indoor athletics – and of course it becomes home for hundreds of athletes and officials from across Scotland every January to March period for our own indoor season. Seeing Europe’s best competing there in 2019 will be tremendous and I believe it will act as a further catalyst to inspire people in the sport. We’ve already seen that impact from London 2012 and Glasgow 2014.” He said that their role models would be on show ‘performing when it counts’ in the UK and inspiring the next generation into the sport. He thanked the Glasgow Council, Glasgow Life, EventScotland, the Scottish Government and UK Athletics for playing crucial roles in winning the bid for Glasgow. “The team work has started in winning the bid – I know the team work will continue to deliver an unforgettable event in 2019.”