British Athletics London Grand Prix to move from Crystal Palace to the Olympic Stadium, marking anniversary of London 2012
The London Legacy Development Corporation and British Athletics have today confirmed that the 2013 British Athletics London Grand Prix will be held at the Olympic Stadium on the anniversary weekend of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Games.
Part of the prestigious Samsung Diamond League, the London Grand Prix is traditionally held at Crystal Palace, with the move welcomed by some of Britain’s top athletics stars.
“It’s fantastic that the British Athletics London Grand Prix is going to be held at the Olympic Stadium in July,” said double Olympic champion Mo Farah, who stormed to 5000m and 10,000m success in the Stadium in London last summer. “The atmosphere was electric during the Games, I’ll never forget it, so it’s great that the British fans, and athletes, will get to experience that again so soon after the Games. It’ll be perfect preparation for the World Championships in August.”
Olympic heptathlon champion Jess Ennis added: “It is brilliant to hear that the British Athletics London GP is going to be held at the Olympic Stadium a year after the Games.
“It will give athletes and fans who did not get to experience the amazing venue the chance to go there, and for those of us who had the most incredible experiences on the track and field, an opportunity to re-live a few memories! Hopefully I will be there and using the competition as part of my preparation for the World Championships.”
UK Athletics has advised that the 15,500 fans who have already bought tickets for Crystal Palace will receive a refund and priority booking when tickets for the event at the Olympic Stadium are available.
The confirmation of the change in venue follows the Legacy Corporation announcing a deal with Live Nation, one of the world’s leading live entertainment promoters, to relocate two of its biggest music festivals to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this summer, as well as staging summer concerts in the Stadium.
The news also follows the unveiling of UK Athletics’s new identity for the sport,“British Athletics”.