Glasgow to host BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2014
The BBC today announces that Glasgow will be the host city for the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The star-studded event will take place on Sunday 14 December 2014 at The SSE Hydro, in front of an estimated 12,000 capacity crowd and shown live on BBC One.
Glasgow is preparing for a summer in the spotlight as it welcomes thousands of athletes and spectators to the Commonwealth Games. Hosting the prestigious Sports Personality of the Year ensures that the city has the opportunity to bring to a close what will no doubt be an enviable year of sport.
Last year’s show saw Andy Murray take home the coveted Sports Personality of the Year trophy, presented to him by Martina Navratilova.
Sports Personality is the definitive review of the sporting year and what a year it will have been, with the Winter Olympics, the World Cup and the Commonwealth Games on top of must-watch events like Wimbledon, Six Nations, The Open Championship and the Ryder Cup.
Barbara Slater, the Director of BBC Sport, says: “As hosts of this year’s Commonwealth Games, it’s fitting that Glasgow rounds off what will be a spectacular year of sport by staging BBC Sports Personality of the Year. This show will be something very special; marking the successes of those who’ve excelled in their chosen sport in 2014 and welcoming back those who have made history thanks to their previous achievements. Plans are now well underway for this year’s Sports Personality I am already looking forward to it.”
Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council and the Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, says: “We’re delighted that Glasgow has been chosen to host the 2014 BBC Sport Personality of the Year in December, rounding off the most spectacular year in our city’s sporting history.
“As one of the top five venues in the world, The SSE Hydro is a fitting location to host the star-studded ceremony and strengthens our city’s reputation for delivering world-class events on a major scale.
“As we get ready to host the best ever Commonwealth Games, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year will give us the opportunity to remember and celebrate again the achievements, in Glasgow, of the world’s top athletes.”
Full information is available at bbc.co.uk/sportspersonality. Detailed ticket information will be available later in the year.
Sports Personality of the Year was devised by Sir Paul Fox in 1954. The famous trophy has since been won by many of the greats of British sport, including Sir Christopher Chataway, Bobby Moore, HRH Princess Anne, Lord Coe, Daley Thompson, Torvill and Dean, Sir Steve Redgrave, David Beckham, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Dame Kelly Homes, Andrew Flintoff, Sir Chris Hoy, Jonathan Edwards, Paula Radcliffe and many more.
The show went on the road in 2006, taking in Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield, Salford and London and, last year, Leeds. To date, more than 60,000 members of the public have enjoyed spending a spectacular evening with the stars of the sporting year.