03 DEC 2002 General News Birmingham, UK

Birmingham verges on stadium ticket sell out

Colin Jackson wins fourth European 110m Hurdles title (Getty Images)Colin Jackson wins fourth European 110m Hurdles title (Getty Images) © Copyright

With only 100 days to go to the start of the 9th IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics (Friday 14 March 2003) at the National Indoor Arena (NIA), the three day meeting which is the climax of the indoor season, looks set shortly to sell the last remaining spectator tickets, with the stadium already full on both Saturday (15 March) and Sunday (16 March).

Preparations for the event are going well as Championships Director, Terry Colton, explains; “Two of our major priorities over recent months have been to sell tickets and recruit volunteers and with only a few hundred tickets left and over two thirds of volunteers signed up, we are well on the way to achieving these aims.”

The attraction of more than 500 competitors from 140 different countries, including local stars such as defending World Indoor 400m champion Daniel Caines, World Indoor Triple Jump record holder Ashia Hansen and prodigious sprint talent Mark Lewis-Francis, have helped to boost ticket sales.

Significantly, the championships will also be the swansong of one of the legends of British athletics, as Colin Jackson who holds the World sprint hurdles records at 60m indoors and 110m outdoors, will run the last ever races of his illustrious career at the NIA.