The new Riverside Arena venue at Ayr is one of the hosts for a qualifying Heat
scottishathletics members should already be aware of the closure of the Emirates Arena in Glasgow this winter ahead of the 2024 World Indoors.
As a consequence, our 4J Scottish Indoor Championships season cannot take place as normal this year, as reported previously.
However, our Competitions Team has been working hard to draw up alternative plans to offer the opportunity to become a 2024 National Indoor Champion – in certain events – in a new competition format.
Three qualifying Heats, held in three venues across Scotland in January and February, will earn a number of athletes the opportunity to enter the National Finals weekend February 16-18 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday).
Due to the facilities involved, Scottish Championship events on offer will be limited to 60m, 60m hurdles, long jump, high jump, triple jump, pole vault and shot put.
Provisional timetables have been drafted for the Events and entries will open online soon. Further points of information are listed below the table.
|H1||Friday 19 January 2024||10am Monday
4 Dec 2023
08 Jan 2024
|Riverside Sports Arena, Ayr|
|Saturday 20 January 2024|
|Sunday 21 January 2024|
|H2||Friday 26 January 2024||10am Monday
11 Dec 2023
15 Jan 2024
|Saturday 27 January 2024|
|Sunday 28 January 2024|
|H3||Friday 2 February 2024||10am Monday
11 Dec 2023
22 Jan 2024
|Aberdeen Sports Village|
|Saturday 3 February 2024|
|Sunday 4 February 2024|
|FINAL||Friday 16 February 2024||10am Monday
22 Jan 2024
|1. 5pm Tuesday 6 Feb 2024 (Qualifiers)
2. 12 noon Tuesday 13 Feb 2024
|Emirates Arena, Glasgow or Grangemouth Stadium*|
|Saturday 17 February 2024|
|Sunday 18 February 2024|
*Glasgow is the preferred venue but availability is currently TBC.
The superb indoor facility at Aberdeen Sports Venue will stage qualifying Heats event
‘Thanks to all our members for your patience and understanding as we work towards finalising a plan for the indoor track and field season in 2024,’ said Colin Hutchison, chief executive of scottishathletics.
‘It will be different and some compromises have had to be made unfortunately. But we will still have an indoor season and there will be an opportunity across the age groups to win a national championship in certain disciplines.
‘We look forward to returning to the Emirates Arena for the 2024/25 indoor season, and to the athletics community in Scotland benefitting for many years to come from the investments being made in the Emirates Arena for the 2024 World Indoors.’
FURTHER INFO TO NOTE:
Should the Emirates Arena be available to scottishathletics on the weekend of February 16-18, circular track events will be added to the Final programme, with first-come-first-served entry available to athletes who have reached the qualifying standards per age group/gender.
Further details will be communicated in due course.