Photo by Bobby Gavin
British Athletics have confirmed Glasgow as the host city for the 2020 British Indoor Season, with TWO major events being staged at the Emirates Arena in February.
The events will mark the start of the 2020 competition countdown to the Olympic and Paralympic Games and make Glasgow the centre of attention early in the year.
World class athletes will compete at Emirates Arena for the Müller Indoor Grand Prix on 15 February 2020, before the city then hosts the SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships for the first time ever between 22-23 February 2020, as athletes bid to qualify for March’s IAAF World Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China.
The Müller Indoor Grand Prix is the number one ranked Indoor meet in the world as the planet’s best athletes arrive in the city for an incredible afternoon of world-class sport.
‘The Müller Indoor Grand Prix will be best indoor event ever staged in Scotland, with athletics fans in for a treat as world stars come to town,’ said Cherry Alexander, Major Events Director for British Athletics.
‘Olympic and Paralympic year is always very special and I am sure that the atmosphere will be amazing at Emirates Arena.
‘Staging the British Athletics Indoor Season in Glasgow truly reflects the UK-wide interest in our sport and I am proud that we are taking the SPAR British Indoor Championships to Scotland for the first time – it is long overdue.
‘This announcement demonstrates the strength of collaboration between British Athletics and our home nations athletics partners.’
Eilidh Doyle in action at the Muller GP in Glasgow in 2018 (photo by Bobby Gavin)
‘Glasgow is one of the world’s top five sporting cities and we’re proud to be the first Scottish host of the SPAR British Indoor Championships, as well as welcoming back the Müller Indoor Grand Prix to the city once again,’ said Billy Garrett, Director of Sport and Events at Glasgow Life.
‘Major events have a track record in getting more people, young and old, interested in sport and, as a city with a history of providing a strong legacy from sporting events, we have no doubt that these February 2020 events will have just as positive an impact.’
With the Lindsays National XC at February on the Saturday of the SPAR British Champs, there should be a huge focus on athletics in Scotland that weekend.
And, of course, the ‘home games’ scheduling means our Scottish track and field athletes have a great opportunity to test themselves at British level if they meet the minimum entry standards and can then compete in front of family and friends.
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‘Scotland is the perfect stage for events and I’m delighted Glasgow has been chosen to host this historic double-header,’ said Paul Bush, VisitScotland’s Director of Events
‘The city has a proud history of hosting athletics events as shown by the successful delivery of this year’s European Athletics Indoor Championships.
‘Events play a key role in our visitor economy and these two outstanding athletics events in Glasgow next February reaffirms the Scotland’s position as a world-leading events destination.’
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Laura Muir thrilled crowds at the Emirates Arena with that gold medal double at Glasgow 2019