The £113 million Emirates Arena is to be the showpiece venue for this year’s Glasgow Taxis Cup, as the city’s three universities’ intense training schedules get underway.
Now in its 9th year, the day-long sporting contest will see 15 different categories being fought out during the fiercely competitive event.
Securing the Emirates Area as the main host of the competition is a real coup for the Glasgow Taxis Cup, with the March 13 event set to be the biggest ever. Glasgow Green Football Centre, the Glasgow Club Gorbals and Carrick Golf Club are some of the venues which will also play a role, with football, swimming, tennis, hockey and golf being played.
Students from each of Glasgow’s three further education institutions will each be battling for the title of overall winners, with all eyes on The University of Glasgow after they took first place last year following a nail-biting finish which came down to the final basketball game.
This year, fencing is the latest sport to be added to the ever-increasing line-up of sports in the competition, with bouts taking place across the afternoon. Other sports which will feature on the day will be swimming, football, hockey, basketball and rugby.
Sponsored by Glasgow Taxis Ltd, the city’s black taxi operator, the competition is the biggest event in the student sporting calendar and, with local bragging rights at stake, there is everything to play for.
Speaking about the event, Colin Evans, University of Strathclyde Sports Union President said: “The build up to the competition is always an intensive period for each of the universities, keen to perform at their best on the day. This year is particularly special after securing the involvement of the Emirates Arena and there is a real buzz around the university about competing there. It will also be a great venue for the spectators, with many in the city seeing the inside for the first time.
“We have some really impressive talent in our squad, with some participants who will definitely be ones to watch in the coming years so we’re pretty confident about the big day, hoping to take the cup from Glasgow University. With everything coming together I’d also like to extend my thanks to Glasgow Taxis who have been extremely supportive over the last two years.”
Stephen Flynn, vice-chairman of Glasgow Taxis Ltd said: “The competition is a major event for students across the city, giving them the chance to compete for the much -coveted first place spot. Across the city we regularly work with student groups to promote the message of getting home safely after a night out so being involved in the cup will enable us to build upon these efforts while helping provide a good day of highly entertaining sporting action.”
Points will be allocated to the winner of individual events in order to decide the overall winner on the day.