The Beeb have revealed Aberdeen as the host of BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2019.
This year’s celebration of sporting prowess will come from the P&J Live arena on Sunday 15th December marking the first time Aberdeen has hosted the event. The Scottish city is known for its sporting heritage as the birth place of Manchester United star Denis Law and Open-winning golfer Paul Lawrie; it is also the home of Aberdeen FC, the club where Sir Alex Ferguson first made his name as a manager.
2019 has already an array of ground-breaking sporting moments, including:
The England men’s team winning the Cricket World Cup for the first time; the longest singles final in history at Wimbledon between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic; the England football team getting to the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup; Wales claiming a record-breaking fourth Grand Slam in the Six Nations; the England netball team winning bronze at the Netball World Cup this summer; and Liverpool lifting the Champions League for a sixth time.
Alongside the main event, a special BBC Festival of Sport will take place in Aberdeen on 13-14 December.
The festival will offer local schoolgoers and members of the public the opportunity to try a variety of sporting activities with BBC Sport talent on hand to offer tips and encouragement.
Nominations for this year’s Sports Personality of the Year Unsung Hero Award open today to honour a selfless individual who gives up their own free time to help others take part in grassroots sports. To put forward your nomination, simply visit: www.bbc.co.uk/unsunghero
“It’s been an extraordinary year of sport so far with many incredible moments and surely more to come. I have no doubt Aberdeen will be an excellent host city to help us celebrate them.” – Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport
The Beeb have also confirmed that hosting trio Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan will also be back for the gong ceremony. BBC One will broadcast proceedings with tickets due to go on sale from October 11 at 9am.