Athletics Weekly - - PRO­MO­TION -

HAVE you booked your seats yet to see all of the ac­tion un­fold at the Euro­pean Ath­let­ics In­door Cham­pi­onships 2019?

Tick­ets are now on sale for next year’s three-day event, which takes place on March 1-3. Once again, it will put both Scot­land and Glas­gow on the map as world-class des­ti­na­tions for in­ter­na­tional sport­ing events.

The com­pe­ti­tion will be one of the big­gest events on the ath­let­ics cal­en­dar in 2019 as it re­turns to the city after a gap of 29 years, with the Kelvin Hall hav­ing hosted the cham­pi­onships back in 1990.

The venue for next year’s show­piece will be the Emi­rates Arena, one of the largest in­door sport­ing venues on the con­ti­nent.

Over the years a num­ber of Euro­pean in­door cham­pi­ons have come out of Scot­land. Laura Muir is the most re­cent, hav­ing won the 1500m and 3000m ti­tles in Belgrade last year.

Oth­ers who will hope to con­tinue that trend are 3000m Euro­pean in­door bronze medal­list Eil­ish Mc­Col­gan and An­drew Butchart, the 3000m Scot­tish record-holder and Euro­pean cross coun­try bronze medal­list who is fight­ing his way back to fit­ness after break­ing a bone in his foot ear­lier this year. With his eyes firmly on the next in­door sea­son, Butchart said: “It’s so ex­cit­ing to have the Euro­pean In­doors com­ing to Scot­land next year, I’ve al­ways wanted to race these Cham­pi­onships.

“To be able to com­pete in front of a home crowd will make it even more spe­cial!”

It won’t just be the Scots on show at the 5000-seater Emi­rates Arena, which was built for the 2014 Com­mon­wealth Games, of course.

Over 600 ath­letes are set to at­tend from over 45 coun­tries, while 18,000 spec­ta­tors are ex­pected over the three days of ac­tion.

The Euro­pean Ath­let­ics In­door Cham­pi­onships 2019 will be the lat­est in a grow­ing line of ma­jor sport­ing events to in­volve Scot­land and Glas­gow.

The city is also at the cen­tre of the in­au­gu­ral multi-sport Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships tak­ing place in Au­gust this year. With that promis­ing to be a great suc­cess, make sure you take the chance to be part of the 2019 ad­ven­ture.

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