The BBC has announced that it will take its BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 to the Echo Arena, Liverpool.
The biggest awards night in the UK sporting calendar will take place on Sunday 17 December, with presenters Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan celebrating the best sporting achievements from the past year in front of an audience of nearly 11,000 in the Echo Arena, and broadcasting live to millions on BBC One.
Liverpool last hosted the awards in 2008 and the city has produced sporting icons, including footballer Wayne Rooney, heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson and world champion boxer Tony Bellew.
Last year, Wimbledon men’s singles champion Andy Murray picked up the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award for a record third time in front of a 12,000-strong audience at Birmingham’s Genting Arena.
Director of BBC Sport Barbara Slater said: “2017 marks a very exciting year of sport. From England winning the Six Nations to Chelsea winning the Premier League, Arsenal scooping the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium, to Anthony Joshua’s nail-biting knock out fight against Wladimir Klitschko.
“With plenty more highlights still to come we’re going to be spoiled for choice and the nominee list will once again be genuinely difficult to pull together.”
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, said: “We’re a city full of passionate sports fans and we’re renowned the world over for our hospitality, so we cannot wait to welcome the BBC in December.”
Ian Ayre, chair of The ACC Liverpool Group, which includes Echo Arena Liverpool, added: “It was a great success when it was held here during the venue’s inaugural year and we are pleased to welcome back this prestigious event to Liverpool – a city with such an illustrious sporting heritage.”