Glasgow to host BBC Sports Personality of the Year

The star-studded event will take place at The SSE Hydro in front of an estimated 12,000 capacity crowd and will be shown live on BBC One.

It will be the culmination to a year in which Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games while golf's Ryder Cup also takes place in Scotland, at Gleneagles.

Scotland's Andy Murray won the 2013 Sports Personality of the Year trophy.

And the Wimbledon champion is hopeful of being part of the 2014 show in the city of his birth.

"I might make a few changes to my training. I may be going to Australia a little bit earlier next year so I'll maybe come back for SPOTY," the world number eight said.

"You don't often get that many great athletes in one space at one time, that's what makes the evening so special.

"To have it in Glasgow, they'll put on a good show and the crowd will love it."

The event, which was devised by Sir Paul Fox in 1954, has moved from city to city since 2006, taking in Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield, Salford and London before last year's staging in Leeds.

Another former winner, Sir Chris Hoy, is delighted that Scotland will act as host for the first time.

"It's fantastic news it's coming to Glasgow," said the six-time Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist and a native of Edinburgh.

"Over the years it's grown and grown and grown - now it's a massive event. When you walk into the arena, it's like a sporting event in its own right," he said.

Sir Chris Hoy won the prize in 2008 after winning three gold medals at the Beijing Olympics

"I think the Glaswegians will put on a great show, like they will do for the Commonwealth Games, as they are passionate people.

"I've been to Liverpool, London, Leeds - all over - so to go to Glasgow as well, hopefully if I get a ticket as I won't be nominated any more, it will be fantastic."

Such enthusiasm reflects how busy a sporting year 2014 is, with the Winter Olympics, World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup as well as annual staples such as Wimbledon, the Six Nations and The Open Championship.

Barbara Slater, director of BBC Sport, said: "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 under way for this year's Sports Personality I am already looking forward to it."

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