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Glasgow to host major indoor athletics double header

Emirates Arena

Venue: Emirates Arena to host events (pic: SNS Group)

British Athletics has confirmed Glasgow as the host city for the 2020 British indoor season, with two major events being staged at the Emirates Arena in February.

The events will mark the start of the 2020 competition countdown to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

World class athletes will compete at Emirates Arena for the Müller Indoor Grand Prix on 15 February 2020, before the city hosts the SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships for the first time ever between 22-23 February 2020, as athletes bid to qualify for March’s IAAF World Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China.

The Müller Indoor Grand Prix is the No. 1 ranked indoor meet in the world as the planet’s best athletes arrive in the city for an incredible afternoon of world-class sport.

Major events director for British Athletics, Cherry Alexander OBE, says Glasgow is the perfect venue for the 2020 indoor season.

“The Müller Indoor Grand Prix will be best indoor event ever staged in Scotland. Staging the British Athletics indoor season in Glasgow truly reflects the UK-wide interest in our sport and I am proud that we are taking the SPAR British Indoor Championships to Scotland for the first time – it is long overdue.”

Billy Garrett, director of sport and events at Glasgow Life said: “Glasgow is one of the world’s top five sporting cities and we’re proud to be the first Scottish host of the SPAR British Indoor Championships, as well as welcoming back the Müller Indoor Grand Prix to the city once again.

“Major events have a track record in getting more people, young and old, interested in sport and, as a city with a history of providing a strong legacy from sporting events, we have no doubt that these February 2020 events will have just as positive an impact.”

Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s director of events, added: “Events play a key role in our visitor economy and these two outstanding athletics events in Glasgow next February reaffirm Scotland’s position as a world-leading events destination.”

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