Glasgow 2020: Hosting Europe’s sporting elite

There’s a plethora of big-time sporting action coming to Glasgow in 2020. The most populous city in Scotland will be playing host to the best in the business of athletics and football – sportsmen and women in the peaks of their professional careers aiming to achieve personal bests and shatter records.

February will see the likes of Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Dina Asher-Smith and Adam Gemili come to town for the British Indoor Season, while in June and July, Europe’s elite footballers including the likes of Harry Kane, Luka Modrić and Virgil Van Dijk could swing by, depending on how fixtures fall. With such a feast of sporting action to look forward to, we take a look at the key events in 2020.

British Indoor Season – Countdown to Tokyo 2020

Glasgow is going to be the host city for the 2020 British Indoor Season in February, with two major events being held at the Emirates Arena.

These exciting events will mark the start of the 2020 competition countdown to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Expect world-class athletes competing for the Müller Indoor Grand Prix on 15 February 2020.

The city will then host the SPAR British Athletics Indoor Championships for the first time ever between 22-23 February 2020 as athletes bid to qualify for March’s IAAF World Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China.

The Müller Indoor Grand Prix is the number one ranked Indoor meet in the world as the planet’s best athletes arrive in the city for an incredible afternoon of world-class sport.

UEFA Euro 2020

Glasgow is one of 12 cities that will host UEFA EURO 2020 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the championship, with Hampden Park having been selected as one of the host venues for three Group D games and a round of 16 (knockout) match. Group D already includes England, Croatia and Czech Republic, and they will be joined by one of Scotland, Israel, Norway or Serbia depending on which team progresses through the play-off stages.

This is the first time in the competition’s 60-year history that it will held in this format, giving fans all over the continent a chance to be part of the action. It’s also a unique opportunity for Glasgow and Scotland to host the best of football and celebrate with the whole country.

The tournament will open in Rome at 8pm on 12 June. The group stage runs, with up to four matches a day, until 24 June (kick-off times tbc, last matches in each group played simultaneously). The top two in each group and the four best runners-up progress to the knockout stage (round of 16 kick-off times tbc).

Glasgow’s fixtures:
Monday 15 June – Group D: Play-off winner C v Czech Republic (15:00)
Friday 19 June – Group D: Croatia v Czech Republic (18:00)
Tuesday 23 June – Croatia v Play-off winner C (21:00)
Tuesday 30 June – Round of 16 match (21:00)

Where to stay

So if you’ve bagged your tickets for the big game or athletics event, you’ll be needing somewhere to rest your head at the end of a sport-filled day out. Our Apex City of Glasgow Hotel is right in the heart of the action on Bath Street, and after a night out on the town with Glaswegians, we can bet you’ll be thankful for a hearty Scottish breakfast the following morning.

Whichever event you are in the city for, we’re sure you’ll have an incredible experience among the friendly locals. But don’t leave yourself offside, book your room now to avoid disappointment.

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