29 October 2012
ExCeL London is delighted to announce that the venue has been chosen to host Sports Personality of the Year, with this pinnacle of the sporting calendar to be broadcast live from ExCeL on Sunday 16th December 2012.
This announcement is made as ExCeL's 3-month Olympic tenancy draws to a close, after what has been a phenomenal summer for both the venue and London. ExCeL alone welcomed over 1.5 million visitors during the Games, with visitor numbers topping 70,000 on the busiest day.
Barbara Slater, Director BBC Sport, says: "This year's Sports Personality of the Year will be a celebration of what has been a truly unique year for sport in the UK. We are incredibly proud to be hosting the sporting grand finale for such a remarkable year."
James Rees, Director of Conferences & Events, ExCeL London, said: "It is a huge honour to have been chosen as the venue for Sports Personality of the Year and we are delighted to be hosting this prestigious event at ExCeL London. In what has been an amazing year for sport, we look forward to welcoming so many champions, many of whom found Olympic and Paralympic glory at ExCeL over the summer. In a year where we have played an integral role in delivering what's been heralded as 'The Greatest Games ever', Sports Personality will be a fitting climax to our year."