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Eilidh Doyle has urged athletics fans in Scotland and beyond to pre-register for tickets for the World Indoors 2024 in Glasgow – with a year to go to next year’s big event at the Emirates Arena.
The World Indoors is one of the sport’s top events and will take place in Glasgow on 1-3 March 2024.
Glasgow successfully hosted the European Athletics Indoor Championships in 2019, and World Athletics will now bring its 2024 championships to the same arena.
Furthermore, the 2024 Championships takes on added significance as it falls within the qualification period for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, and with athletes honing their preparations for this important year ahead.
Up to 5000 passionate fans can be accommodated in the arena for each of the six sessions, and ticket pre-registration is now open online via Glasgow 24 website to enable athletics supporters to get in line to book their seats for this must-see event next year.
Announced today as the Championships Ambassador, Eilidh Doyle competed in both the 400m hurdles and 400m, and featured as a regular member of the GB and NI 4x400m relay team amassing an overall tally of 17 major international podium places.
Eilidh won silver three times at the Commonwealths and won numerous World and European indoor medals including silver at the 2019 European Indoors in Glasgow – her last competitive race, as it transpired.
‘I am thrilled to be announced as ambassador for the Championships, it is a real honour,’ said Eilidh.
‘I am excited that, as well as promoting the event, I will be contributing to the event steering group, ensuring that the operational plans put in place meet the needs of the athletes, creating the right environment to enable them to compete at their very best.
‘Glasgow and Scotland have always been committed to innovation and delivering sport focused, athlete-centred events, which is why athletes love to come here, so I am sure Glasgow will step up yet again, taking the 2024 World Indoors to the next level.
‘I know from competing at the Emirates regularly that the atmosphere will be incredible, so I urge all athletics fans to preregister for tickets while they can!”
Culture Minister Neil Gray joins Eilidh Doyle with youngsters from Shettleston Harriers at the Emirates Arena (photo by Jeff Holmes)
World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said: ‘What makes the World Indoors unique is the intimacy of the competition.
The fans really get up close to the world’s best athletes and can appreciate just how amazing their performances are. That creates an incredibly exciting atmosphere for athletes and fans alike.’
‘Glasgow has a fine record of hosting great athletics events, from the 2014 Commonwealth Games to the 2019 European Indoors, so we already know this will be an exceptional stop on the journey to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.’
The World Athletics Indoor Championships Glasgow 24 will be delivered by Glasgow Life on behalf of Glasgow City Council, through a partnership with the Scottish Government, EventScotland, UK Sport, and UK Athletics.
Meeting the aspiring young athletes at the Emirates Arena, Culture Minister Neil Gray said: ‘Glasgow is world renowned as an incredible host city.
‘It’s fantastic the city will once again be in the international spotlight next year. Hosting this event demonstrates that Scotland remains the Perfect Stage for events, which bring economic benefits and wider positive impacts, such as encouraging people to take up sport and be more active.
‘With around 5,000 seats per session, tickets will be hugely popular and are expected to sell out quickly so I would recommend that people pre-register now for tickets so they don’t miss out when they go on sale later this year.’
Bailie Annette Christie, Chair of Glasgow Life said: ‘We would like to thank World Athletics for placing their trust in Glasgow and its event partners.
‘We are delighted to be hosting the World Indoors next year. Recognised as one of the world’s friendliest cities, and named European Capital of Sport for 2023, we look forward to welcoming athletes, Officials, and spectators alike from across the globe to Glasgow.’
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Ian Beattie, Chair of UK Athletics and Co-chair of the World Indoors Glasgow 24 Steering Group said: ‘UKA were incredibly proud to be awarded the opportunity to host the 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships and with just one year to go it’s exciting to see such great progress in preparations has been made.
‘World Athletics showed confidence in Glasgow and in the UK to host this prestigious global athletics championships and this time next year we will once again be demonstrating our ability – working alongside our partners – to deliver amazing events.
‘We’re looking forward to welcoming spectators to the fantastic Emirates Arena where we know they will experience a brilliant World Indoors 2024.’
Also unveiled today was the event’s new brand mark, created by Scottish design agency Brand Oath.
Sitting within the World Athletics brand outline, it brings a Scottish flavour to the event with a contemporary twist to the nation’s iconic emblem the thistle.
The flower head, which is represented by the running track lanes, sits on a diamond tartan pattern also reflecting the Arena’s geometric architecture, all underpinned by the classic victory pose with arms aloft, universal to sport at all levels, as winners cross the finish line.
Bright, youthful colours have been chosen for the mark, with the rubine red tones linking to the city’s People Make Glasgow brand and the green representing the event’s commitment to sustainability.
Photo by Jeff Holmes