05 FEB 2014 General News Glasgow, Great Britain

Glasgow takes baton from London – IAAF Diamond League

Hampden Park, Glasgow (Getty Images)Hampden Park, Glasgow (Getty Images) © Copyright

British Athletics today confirmed that the UK's two-day IAAF Diamond League meeting will not be held in London this year and will instead be staged at Hampden Park in Glasgow on 11-12 July.

The event will become known as the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix and will be held two weeks before the city hosts the Commonwealth Games.

It is the second move in as many years for the event, as last year it moved from its traditional home at Crystal Palace to the London 2012 Olympic Stadium. The two-day event, which was last year labelled ‘The Anniversary Games’, was held on the one-year anniversary of the London 2012 Olympics and was a sell-out for both days.

“As part of our new long-term relationship with British Athletics, we’re delighted that the 2014 IAAF Diamond League is coming to Glasgow and will be known as the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix,” said Tara Hewitt, head of sponsorship at Sainsbury’s.

“Just last month at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match we saw the passion and enthusiasm of the Scottish crowd for athletics, and look forward to seeing this again in July and being part of such a momentous summer of athletics in Scotland.”

Organisers for the IAAF