The first major international gymnastics event to be staged in Glasgow’s stunning new Emirates Arena – the 2012 Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics – is now sold out with just under 5,000 people set to pack the venue next month.
Event organisers Glasgow Life and British Gymnastics have today confirmed that ticket sales for the World Cup event on Saturday 8 December have smashed all previous attendance records for gymnastics events held in the city.
Last year’s World Cup event at the Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena was a sell out with around 2,800 tickets being sold across two separate sessions. The capacity for each session was 1,800. However, it has been revealed that 4,900 tickets have been snapped up for the 2012 event surpassing the previous year’s record attendance figures.
The news comes as Britain’s most successful gymnast of all time, Beth Tweddle, was given a behind the scenes tour of the £113million Emirates Arena. Tweddle, who will be cheering on her GB team-mates in December, is an Olympic bronze medallist, three-time World Champion, six-time European Champion, Commonwealth Champion and has won seven consecutive National Championships between 2001-2007.
Glasgow is one of only four host cities for the Federation of International Gymnastics all-around World Cup series. The city beat off tough competition from around the world to join Stuttgart (Germany), Jacksonville (USA) and Tokyo (Japan) to stage the event. The spectator-focussed format will see the world’s top gymnasts battle it out in the men's and women's all-around competitions.
After visiting the venue, Tweddle, said: "December's World Cup is shaping up to be incredible. To sell out almost a month in advance shows a real passion for sport here in Glasgow. The city is always a special place to compete and having had a look around the new Emirates Arena today I can tell its going to be a fantastic venue for gymnastics.
"Coming on the back of the high of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the World Cup promises to be an incredible day and fans are in for a genuinely world-class competition. It's going to be fast and action packed but above all it will be the world's top gymnasts going for gold for the first time since London."
Chair of Glasgow Life and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “This is fantastic news for Glasgow and Scotland. Event after event at our stunning new Emirates Arena has sold out as we once again show why we are one of the world’s great sporting cities and Scotland’s sporting capital.
“There has never been a more exciting time for sport as we prepare to host the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and seek to bring the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to the city. We have a track record of delivering outstanding events and we want to build on that in the future.
“December’s World Cup will see the world’s best gymnasts go for gold in a genuinely world-class sporting arena. It will take gymnastics in the city to a new level and help inspire the next generation of gymnasts to take up the sport. We can’t wait for the action to get underway.”
CEO of EventScotland, Paul Bush OBE, said: “Following the sell out success of the UCI Track World Cup at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, it is fantastic that we have now filled another of Scotland's showpiece Commonwealth Games venues for the Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics. Scotland is the perfect stage for events, which is reflected in both the calibre of events we host each year, and also by the demand for tickets.”