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BBC Sports Personality Of The Year to take place in Leeds

Posted on 10 May 2013

An anticipated crowd of more than 12,000 fans, including members of the public, will witness the star-studded event on Sunday 15 December 2013.

The 60th anniversary of the event comes after the huge success of 2012’s programme, filmed in London, where sir Bradley Wiggins was presented with the coveted trophy to a total audience of more than 15 million people.

Barbara Slater, the director of BBC Sport, said: “We’re thrilled to announce Leeds as the host city for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2013.

“The sporting heritage of the city is second to none and this new arena is an ideal location from which to celebrate the figures who have shaped sport over the year.”

Originally devised by Sir Paul Fox in 1954, the first ever ceremony was based at the Savoy Hotel, London; record-breaking runner Sir Christopher Chataway was presented with the award by pioneer broadcaster Peter Dimmock.

Barbara continued: “Despite it’s extensive history, this year it still set to see one of the most engaging and exciting awards yet. This year has seen several major events such as the World Athletic Championships, the Ashes, Rugby League World Cup and Women’s Euros and much more across all sporting disciplines; 15th December promises to be a great culmination of it all.”

On the announcement, John Knight, regional vice president for SMG Europe, said: “Our aim, which we share openly, is to bring the biggest, most significant events to the first direct arena. The BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards are iconic and we’re delighted to have this opportunity to showcase the city’s world-class new venue to the people of Leeds and a national television audience of millions.”