Event set to move from London to Glasgow 2014 athletics venue Hampden Park
UK Athletics (UKA) is said to have completed a deal that will see Britain’s premier Diamond League meeting move from London to Glasgow next summer.
The venue for the Diamond League meeting has been a subject of much discussion with the Olympic Stadium, venue for the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games earlier this year, out of action until 2015 at the earliest due to refurbishment.
UKA are yet to confirm that Hampden Park, the stadium currently undergoing a ‘transformation’ ahead of the Commonwealth Games next summer, will definitely be the venue for the 2014 London Grand Prix event, though a report in The Sun newspaper claims the deal has been completed.
“At present we are still in discussions with a number of venues about events next summer, with nothing confirmed as yet,” read a statement from UKA.
Hampden Park is set to host the Closing Ceremony for the Commonwealth Games as well as the track and field events from July 27 – August 2. The London Grand Prix is scheduled for July 11-12, meaning eligible athletes competing at the Diamond League meet may be more likely to continue their stop in Glasgow to also include the Commonwealth Games.
International athletes have, in the past, been put off from competing in events such as the Diamond League held in Britain due to tax laws.
An exemption was put in place during the Anniversary Games which meant that international athletes were not subject to the usual rules that would see them taxed on fees for the London Grand Prix as well as a percentage of any global sponsorship earnings.
The same exemption is likely to be put in place for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, with a period of time before the Games also exempt.
This Diamond League news follows recent confirmation from events organiser Nova International that the CityGames concept is set to head to London next summer, meaning the capital will not miss out on staging world-class athletics with the relocation of the Diamond League meeting.
The Mall has been touted as a possible location for sprints and hurdles races, with field events such as pole vault held at nearby Horseguard’s Parade and longer track events taking place at the Millennium Arena in Battersea Park.
The CityGames was first staged on the Newcastle-Gateshead Quayside in autumn 2008. A temporary track has been used for the meetings with fans flocking around the edges as they watch world-class track and field for free.
IAAF Diamond League 2014 calendar:
Doha (QAT) May 9
Shanghai (CHN) May 17
Eugene (USA) May 31
Rome (ITA) June 5
Oslo (NOR) June 11
New York (USA) June 14
Lausanne (SUI) July 3
Paris (FRA) July 5
London (GBR) July 11 (2 days)
Monaco (MON) July 18
Stockholm (SWE) August 21
Birmingham (GBR) August 24
Zurich (SUI) August 28
Brussels (BEL) September 5