BADMINTONscotland and its key partners today took a major step towards the 2017 TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships with the launch of the official tournament website.
The Badminton World Championships will be returning to Glasgow from 21-27 August 2017 and will be staged at the Emirates Arena, the Commonwealth Games badminton venue which is this week also hosting the Scottish Open Grand Prix.
Many of the world’s best players will converge on the Emirates this week but the tournament also offers the opportunity for badminton fans attending the Grand Prix to learn more about the World Championships and how to keep in touch with ticketing and tournament information in the countdown to the big event.
The website www.glasgow2017.com will give details about the Championships and its history, dating back to the first Worlds in 1977, information about the city of Glasgow and information about the event partners.
It will also have a page where fans can register their details to be kept up to date with important information and priority access to tickets.
Scotland have enjoyed plenty of major success in recent years with Imogen Bankier winning a silver medal with England’s Chris Adcock at the 2011 World Championships at Wembley and a bronze medal with Robert Blair at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the Emirates Arena. Kirsty Gilmour scooped a silver medal at Glasgow 2014 and will doubtless lead the Scotland challenge in 2017.
Anne Smillie, Chief Executive of BADMINTONscotland, said: “We have a great track record for major events and this week’s Scottish Open provides the ideal opportunity to engage with our fans and learn from them what they are expecting when the World Championships return to the city.
“We have just 21 months to prepare and we aim to make the 2017 event just as successful as our 1997 and 2007 world events. In fact, we will be going all out to make it even better for the fans who will be coming to Glasgow from home and abroad.”
Councillor Archie Graham, the Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Glasgow is one of the world’s leading sports cities and we have a recently delivered some outstanding sporting events. Following the best ever Commonwealth Games, Davis Cup ties and the hugely successful World Gymnastics Championships, we’re more than up for the challenge of delivering on both this week’s Scottish Open and the Badminton World Championships in 2017.”
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “The new TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships website will provide an invaluable tool for fans and we are delighted to support its development. Thousands of spectators are expected to travel to the Emirates during the championships, the pinnacle of competitive badminton outside of the Olympics, and the new website will not only help them plan their journey, but to also make the most of their time in Scotland.”Tickets are still available for this week’s Scottish Open Grand Prix. You can buy them on the door at the Emirates Arena or go to www.badmintonscotland.org.uk for more details. Don’t forget, by attending the Grand Prix you will get the chance to learn more about the TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships.