BADMINTONscotland is preparing for another red letter day as the countdown to the TOTAL BWF Badminton World Championships 2017 gains momentum.
On April 7 Glasgow celebrated 500 days to go before the world’s best players converge on the Emirates Arena and the next milestone is the start of ticket sales.
That comes on May 23 when fans who have registered for priority access get the chance to take the pick of the seats when pre-sale tickets go live.
That’s a two-week head start before tickets go on general sale on June 6.
There is still time to sign up for priority tickets. Just go to www.glasgow2017.com to be among the first in the queue.
The World Championships will take place at the Emirates Arena from August 21-27 next year and will be the Scotland’s third World Championships following the successes of 1997 and 2007.
Spain’s Carolina Marin and China’s Chen Long will lead the challenge at the Emirates Arena as both bid to complete a hat-trick of singles titles after their victories in Copenhagen 2014 and Jakarta 2015. They may even be heading for Glasgow as Olympic champions as gold in Rio is their big target this summer.
Glasgow’s Commonwealth silver medallist Kirsty Gilmour will be leading the home challenge as BADMINTONscotland plans to put on an even better show than their two-week feast of badminton in 1997 when the Sudirman Cup World Mixed Team Championships was followed by the World Individual Championships, and in 2007 when the Sudirman Cup returned to Glasgow’s Scotstoun.
Anne Smillie, Chief Executive of BADMINTONscotland said: “The World Championships can’t come quick enough. We can’t wait for this latest opportunity to show what a great spectacle Glasgow can stage.
“The city has a world-class reputation for staging major sporting events and badminton is firmly established as playing a key part in achieving that accolade.
“But to maintain that reputation we need the support of the badminton fraternity. So why not book early and guarantee yourselves the best seats in the Emirates Arena.”
Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor Archie Graham OBE, said: “In recent years Glasgow has been home to some of the world’s biggest and best sporting events and the World Badminton Championships certainly fits into that category. Its arrival in Glasgow will help us build on our position as one of the world’s top five sporting cities.
“New world champions will be crowned but Glasgow’s World Badminton Championships will be about much more than seven days of elite competition. It will inspire the next generation of players to fall in love with badminton helping deliver a legacy for future generations.”
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Scotland has proven it is a world-leader when it comes to sporting events over the past few years and the BWF Badminton World Championships 2017 is sure to be another spectacular occasion on our event calendar.
“The event will contribute greatly to Glasgow’s reputation as one of the world’s top 5 sporting cities and provide opportunities for citizens, both young and old, to engage with the sport.
“For badminton enthusiasts, priority access tickets represent a terrific opportunity to confirm their attendance well in advance of the championships, and ensure they have optimum seats for witnessing the making of history from August 21-27 2017.”
Simon Morton, Chief Operating Officer of UK Sport, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for fans to secure their tickets for yet another thrilling event in Glasgow. This follows on from the incredible success of the Gymnastics World Championships in the city last year.
“We are pleased to be supporting this event through our National Lottery backed Major Events Programme and have no doubt it will continue Glasgow’s fine sporting legacy in style.”
The World Championships promises to be one of the highlights in Glasgow’s 2017 sporting calendar and is being delivered by BADMINTONscotland in partnership with Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council and with funding support from EventScotland and UK Sport.
Go to www.glasgow2017.com to register your interest for the priority access pre-sale.