BBC Sports Personality of the Year set to return to Liverpool

ACC Liverpool’s management team is in discussions with the BBC to bring the Sports Personality of the Year awards back to the city, following the debut of the event at the venue earlier this month.

The SPOTHY was aired live from the venue 14 December, with a 9,000-strong sell-out audience making it the biggest sports awards ceremony ever staged in the UK.

General manager of the Echo Arena Liverpool, Tim Banfield, says: “I have already spoken to the BBC about bringing the event back. This is the third live televised event which we have staged at the arena this year, following on closely from the MTV Europe Music Awards and the Stirling Prize.

The set for the ceremony, which included 65km of cable and 130 tonnes of scenery, was put together by a 300-strong crew. Prior to the event, hundreds of celebrity guests attended a gala dinner hosted in the adjacent BT Convention Centre.

The awards, which saw Olympic cycling hero Chris Hoy pick up the top honour, were watched by an estimated audience of nine million people.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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