Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Brum selected to host Euro Indoor Champs 2007

Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena will host the European Indoor Championships for Athletics in March 2007.

Birmingham was chosen ahead of Hungarian capital Budapest and Finnish capital Helsinki.

I am sure Birmingham’s excellent track record when it comes to staging international sports events helped to convince the European Athletic Association (EAA). By choosing Birmingham the EEA have made sure that the 2007 Championships will be the best ever.

The event has an estimated economic impact of £3 million and is expected to attract up to 1,000 athletes and officials from around 40 European countries, along with approximately 850 media personal.

I hope that this impact of £3million is not only on the city centre which is developing well but also on inner city areas such as Aston/Handsworth where I live.

The success of the World Indoor Championships, which Birmingham hosted just over thirteen months ago, will have no doubt helped convince the EAA to select Birmingham as the host city.

P.s. Mark has a good piece on Birmingham.


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