Glasgow has once again been shortlisted in the SportBusiness Ultimate Sports City 2014 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 2014 awards will be the fifth time the award has been handed out. Glasgow was ranked in the top 10 in 2012, above the likes of Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul, which were bidding to host the Olympic Games. Glasgow was also recognised for its marketing and branding of major sports events.
London is the reigning Ultimate Sports City having won the coveted title in 2012. Glasgow joins the likes of New York, Madrid, London, Dubai, Rio, Sydney, Vancouver, Paris, Singapore and Tokyo on this year’s shortlist of the top 30 sporting cities.
Councillor Gordon Matheson, the Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Glasgow has invested some £200 million in our sports infrastructure, including venues such at the £113 million Emirates Arena, incorporating the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and has played host to a raft of national, European and world championships in recent years.
"In less than 200 days we will host the Commonwealth Games and we're already preparing to host the FIG World Gymnastic Championships and major cultural events such as the Turner Prize, both in 2015. 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."
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. For the first time two new areas will be judged by the panel – cultural events and homegrown events – reflecting the increasing cohesiveness of major events strategies across all genres as well as the desire to build events that reflect a city’s capability and brand respectively.
Cllr Matheson added: "Glasgow is Scotland's cultural powerhouse, from Celtic Connections which begins this week to the World Pipe Band Championships and what's planned as part of the cultural programme for 2014 and the MTV EMAs, we have outstanding knowledge and expertise in our year-long events programme. I'm sure the judging panel will be impressed, not only by that, but also by our ambitions to build on our cultural portfolio, including the Riverside Museum, the current European Museum of the Year and our ambitious plans to refurbish the Burrell Collection and the Kelvin Hall."
In recent years, Glasgow has been successful in securing a number of major sporting events, including:
2011 & 2012 FIG Gymnastics World Cup
2012 & 2013 13 IRB Rugby 7s
2013 World Youth Netball Championships
2013 UCI World Junior Track Cycling Championships
2013 ‘Revolution’ Track Cycling
2013; 2014 & 2015 Judo World Cup
2013 UCI Track Cycling World Cup
2013 Duel in the Pool
2014 Commonwealth Games
2015 IPC World Swimming Championships
2015 FIG World Gymnastic Championships
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 1.2m or below, between 1.2m and 3m, between 3m and 7m and finally, 7m or above.
The final results will be announced at the SportAccord Convention in Antalya, Turkey in April and the prize of Ultimate Sports City 2014 will be presented to the winning city alongside awards for individual winners across the scoring categories.
About the Awards
The cities featuring in the latest shortlist include the top 15 ranking cities from the 2012 edition of Ultimate Sports Cities followed by the 10 top ranking cities based on events held between 2010 and 2018 (that did not appear in the top 15 already selected) as well as five ‘wildcard’ entrants voted for by a panel of SportBusiness judges.
As in the past, the shortlisted cities will be evaluated according to the size and volume of events they have hosted between an eight year time period (which has moved on two years to 2010 and 2018 since the last rankings) alongside a range of other criteria including:
• transport and infrastructure
• event strategy
• government and public support
• quality of life
• marketing/promotional ability/branding.
Final Shortlist for Ultimate Sports Cities 2014 (in alphabetical order)
Rio de Janeiro