A successful bid would see the indoor event return to Scotland for the first time since 1990
A formal bid for Glasgow to host the 2019 European Athletics Indoor Championships has been submitted by British Athletics, in partnership with Glasgow City and Event Scotland.
Built around the “guiding principles” of passion, innovation and integrity, the formal bid was submitted to European Athletics as British Athletics, Glasgow City and Event Scotland further highlighted their aim to deliver the best ever European Athletics Indoor Championships based around the passionate support of the Scottish people that was such an integral part of the winning formula for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
A successful bid would see the indoor event return to Scotland for the first time since 1990, when it was also held in Glasgow but at the Kelvin Hall Arena. The 2019 edition would take place at Emirates Arena.
“The Commonwealth Games two years ago showed that Glasgow holds the ability to host big sporting events to the most exacting standards and this year’s 2016 Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix, hosted by British Athletics, has sold out months in advance, also demonstrating the huge support for elite athletics there is within the Scottish public,” said Niels de Vos, CEO of British Athletics.
“I’m delighted that Glasgow City and Event Scotland decided to build on the success of the 2014 Games and previous British Athletics events held in the city by bidding to host European Athletics’ flagship indoor event in The Emirates Arena in 2019. We believe that, if successful, Glasgow would establish a new standard for the European Indoor Athletics Championships against which all future editions would be measured.”
Olympic and world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill is among the athletes to have been announced for the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix on February 20.
She said: “Glasgow is a great sporting city with a real heritage for athletics. Glasgow hosted a hugely successful Commonwealth Games in 2014 with full stadiums and an amazing atmosphere. I personally feel Glasgow and its people would be very good hosts for the European Indoor Championships in 2019.”
Apeldoorn in Netherlands, Minsk in Belarus and Torun in Poland are also bidding for the event. Next year’s edition will take place in Belgrade in Serbia.