Glasgow has been shortlisted in the SportBusiness Ultimate Sports City 2012 Awards, reaffirming its position as one of the world’s leading sporting cities.
The SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Cities Awards are the internationally recognised rankings of the world’s top sports hosts. Held every two years since 2006, the 2012 awards will be the fourth time the award has been handed out. Glasgow was ranked number 11 in 2010.
Melbourne is the reigning Ultimate Sports City having won the coveted title in 2006 and 2010. Glasgow joins the likes of New York, Madrid, London, Durban, Rio, Sydney, Vancouver, Paris, Singapore and Tokyo on this year’s shortlist of the top 25 sporting cities.
Chief Executive of Glasgow Life, Dr Bridget McConnell, said: “Glasgow is already recognised as Scotland’s sporting capital and one of the world’s leading sporting cities thanks to our international events programme and world-class facilities. Our inclusion on the shortlist for the Ultimate Sport City Awards is testament to that.
“Over the years we have welcomed some of the world’s top sports stars and athletes for events such as the Aviva International Athletics and World Cup Gymnastics. As a city we have also invested in venues such as the new £113million Commonwealth Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome – already being billed as one of the best indoor facilities in the world – demonstrating our undoubted commitment to sport.
“We look forward to finding out the results next month.”
Cities are selected by SportBusiness’ expert judging panel, all of whom have extensive knowledge of sports events and the destinations that host them. As in the past, the shortlisted cities will be evaluated according to the size and volume of events they have hosted alongside a range of other criteria.
Speaking about the shortlist, Ultimate Sports Cities 2012 head judge and report author Rachael Church-Sanders said: “There are some strong contenders to rival Melbourne this time around for title of Ultimate Sports City of 2012. By also including some ‘wild card’ entries this time around, we are thrilled to be able to give some smaller cities the chance to compete against the big boys in the major events marketplace.”
To reflect the number of smaller cities aspiring to host major sports events, SportBusiness will once again use size bands enabling awards to be made to cities with populations of one million or below, between one million and 3.5 million, between 3.5 million and seven million and finally, seven million or above. The final results will be announced at the SportAccord Convention in Quebec City next month.
Shortlisted cities are: