Birmingham 2007 European indoor championships

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Brindleyplace Announced as Official Entertainment Zone for European Event

Brindleyplace, the award winning leisure and business destination, will be the Official Entertainment Zone for the European Athletics Indoor Championships, which is being staged at Birmingham’s NIA from 2-4 March.

The vibrant canalside destination, which is located in the heart of the city, will offer a varied programme of entertainment throughout the Championships, including a mascot race on 2nd March, a children’s activity day on 4th March and outdoor musical entertainment on every day of the event.

Brindleyplace’s many bars and restaurants will also be helping to create a festival atmosphere in the city and there will be a loyalty discount card available to spectators for use in Brindleyplace’s 30 restaurants, bars, cafés and shops throughout the event.

Olivia Harris, Head of Marketing and Communications for Brindleyplace Estate Management said: “With the European Athletics Indoor Championships being staged just a few seconds walk from Brindleyplace it really made sense for us to be involved in this event. We will be helping to extend a warm welcome to everyone associated with the Championships such as VIPs, athletes and coaches as well as the thousands of spectators who will be visiting Birmingham for this event.”

Lorraine Mackay, Director of Marketing and Communications for the European Athletics Indoor Championships said: “Events like the European Athletics Indoor Championships are not just judged on the action inside the arena but also by the way in which organisers involve the host city and engage with local people.

“We are delighted that Brindleyplace will be the Official Entertainment Zone for this Championships and not only will they be helping us to provide a warm welcome for visitors to Birmingham but the Entertainment Zone will also be open to local people so that they can feel part of the Championships and make the most of the city’s staging of this prestigious event.”

The City Inn in Brindleyplace has also been selected as one of the official hotels for the Championships and Bank, also located in Brindleyplace, is the official media restaurant for the event and will be hosting a reception for media from across the continent on Thursday 1st March.

Around 600 athletes from 50 European countries are expected to compete at the European Athletics Indoor Championships and crowds of more than 5,000 people a day are expected to be there to cheer them on. To find out more about this event, which will be the most significant athletics event to be staged in the UK before the 2012 Olympics, visit birminghamathletics2007.com.

• Stylish and lively; laidback and relaxed, Brindleyplace has Restaurants, galleries, a theatre and unique, independent stores all wrapped up together in the safest and cleanest environment in Birmingham.

• The European Athletics Indoor Championships is a European Athletic Association event and will be jointly organised by Birmingham City Council and UK Athletics.

• The European Athletics Indoor Championships will be part funded by UK Sport’s National Lottery-funded World Class Events Programme, which aims to secure events of strategic importance that deliver a range of lasting benefits. These include economic, social and cultural benefits as well as improving sporting performance by home athletes, encouraging participation and leaving a legacy of facilities and development initiatives. Over 100 sporting events have been staged in the UK through the Programme since 1997. More at www.uksport.gov.uk.

To find out more about the event log onto birminghamathletics2007.com

For more information please contact Sarah Guest on or e-mail

Marketing and Public Relations Team, Alpha Tower, PO Box 2122, Floor 13, Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham B1 1TZ

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