Calgary and Vancouver shortlisted for Ultimate Sport City of 2016 title

30 cities to contest Ultimate Sport City of 2016 title

Date: 12 January 2016

Thirty cities out of an original list of 150 have made the cut to be considered the SportBusiness Ultimate Sports City of 2016. Representing all the continents in the world, the shortlist includes many strong candidates that have featured in the five previous editions of the rankings and awards between 2006 and 2014, as well as some interesting new entrants.

Reigning 2014 Ultimate Sports City London will once again be challenged by Melbourne (which won the coveted title in 2006, 2008 and 2010), as well as by Amsterdam, Auckland, Baku, Beijing, Berlin, Calgary, Copenhagen, Doha, Dubai, Glasgow, Kazan, Kuala Lumpur, Manchester, Moscow, New York,
Paris, PyeongChang, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Sochi, Sydney, Tokyo and Vancouver.

Los Angeles returns to the shortlist after last featuring in 2008 and Durban returns after last being a contender in 2012. Meanwhile, three cities appearing on the shortlist for the very first time are Cardiff in Wales, Gold Coast in Australia and Stockholm in Sweden.

The shortlist was compiled by including the top 10 ranking cities from the 2014 edition of Ultimate Sports Cities followed by the 10 top ranking cities based on events held between 2012 and 2020 (that did not already appear in the top 10 already selected) as well as five ‘wild card’ entrants voted on by a panel of industry experts.

The 30 shortlisted cities will now be invited to complete a detailed questionnaire and will then be ranked across several categories (including venues, transportation and major events strategy) by SportBusiness’ expert judging panel who all have extensive knowledge of sports events and the destinations that host them.

For the first time since the awards were launched in 2006, the shortlisted cities will be invited to upload their submissions using specialist cloud-based software developed by SportBusiness Group’s measurement evaluation partner PerforMind™.

The top five contenders in each category will be announced in early March 2016 and the final results will be announced at the SportAccord Convention in Lausanne, Switzerland in April 2016 where the prize of Ultimate Sports City 2016 will be presented to the winning city alongside awards for individual winners across the scoring categories.

A special prize will also be awarded to the ‘Ultimate Sports City at 10’ in recognition of the ten year anniversary of the awards.

Final Shortlist for Ultimate Sports Cities 2016 (in alphabetical order):

Amsterdam
Auckland
Baku
Beijing
Berlin
Calgary
Cardiff
Copenhagen
Doha
Dubai
Durban
Glasgow
Gold Coast
Kazan
Kuala Lumpur
Los Angeles
London
Manchester
Melbourne
Moscow
New York
Paris
PyeongChang
Rio de Janeiro
Singapore
Sochi
Stockholm
Sydney
Tokyo
Vancouver