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Candidates announced for Ultimate Sports City 2008

A shortlist of 25 cities has been announced unveiling the contenders for the Ultimate Sports City 2008, to be published by SportBusiness early next year. The report was last published in 2006 when Melbourne was declared the winner, followed by Paris and Sydney, tied jointly in second place. Berlin, came fourth and London, fifth.

All the top five cities have made the cut again based on major sports events hosted or awarded between 2004-2012. Cities were also selected from each region of the globe.

“The list is extremely interesting this time,” says Ultimate Sports City author Rachael Church-Sanders, a consultant at SportBusiness, “with some nations such as Australia, Canada, China, India and Spain having more than one representative within their regions, thus highlighting competition within countries for hosting major sporting events.”

Now the shortlist has been determined, each city will be analysed and graded according to a number of criteria in addition to numbers and importance of sports events including facilities, transport, accommodation, government support, marketing, weather, legacy, public sports interest, cost of living and quality of life.

The 25 cities vying for the title of Ultimate Sports City 2008 are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Athens (new candidate)

Beijing (ranked 8th in 2006)

Berlin (ranked 4th in 2006)

Bridgetown (new candidate)

Budapest (new candidate)

Cape Town (ranked 10th in 2006)

Doha (new candidate)

Hong Kong (new candidate)

Istanbul (ranked 12th in 2006)

Kuala Lumpur (ranked 18th in 2006)

London (ranked 5th in 2006)

Los Angeles (new candidate)

Madrid (ranked 6th in 2006)

Melbourne (ranked 1st in 2006)

Montreal (new candidate)

Moscow (ranked 19th in 2006)

Mumbai (new candidate)

New Delhi (new candidate)

Paris (ranked 2nd in 2006)

Sao Paulo (new candidate)

Shanghai (new candidate)

Sydney (ranked 2nd in 2006)

Tokyo (ranked 9th in 2006)

Valencia (new candidate)

Vancouver (ranked 11th in 2006)

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Gotta say, that finalist list is ridiculous without any US cities on it apart from LA, the one US representative (c'mon, you can't tell me New York shouldn't be there as well!)

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How come Boston is not in the list.

The Red Sox won the World Series

The Patriots almost won the Superbowl after a perfect season.

The Celtics will probably win the NBA titles.

Even the Bruins are going very well recently.

And also they have the most prestigious marathon in the world

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How come Boston is not in the list.

The Red Sox won the World Series

The Patriots almost won the Superbowl after a perfect season.

The Celtics will probably win the NBA titles.

Even the Bruins are going very well recently.

And also they have the most prestigious marathon in the world

These are just sport teams and 1 internationally renowned sporting event. If Boston were to be considered, it would need to host more international sporting events.

Oh and isn't Chicago, the one with the prestigious marathon? ;)

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How come Boston is not in the list.

The Red Sox won the World Series

The Patriots almost won the Superbowl after a perfect season.

The Celtics will probably win the NBA titles.

Even the Bruins are going very well recently.

And also they have the most prestigious marathon in the world

That's good enough for sports capital of the country, but not the world.

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Gotta say, that finalist list is ridiculous without any US cities on it apart from LA, the one US representative (c'mon, you can't tell me New York shouldn't be there as well!)

Montreal even making the list as opposed to Toronto is a Joke. An NHL team that is one of the most successful sport franchises in any sport is the Montreal Canadeins but beyond that Toronto Has a Major League Baseball while Montreal lost their franchise to Washington DC. Toronto has the Raptors of the NBA, Toronto FC is the lone major league soccer franchise for Canada. Montreal will never have an NBA franchise and Vancouver lost theirs to Memphis Tennessee. The Toronto Maple Leafs NHL team dont have the success of the Canadiens as they havent won the stanley cup since

the 1960's but they are the team that is only second to Montreal in times they have won it Ironically.

I tend to Agree Roltel Los Angeles being the only Us city is something but to have Vancouver or Montreal on that list is dumb.

Bridgetown Where? Barbados? now that is really a joke.

New York and Chicago I would say should be on that list at least. Ditching Vancouver , Montreal and Bridgetown would make room for NYC Chicago and Toronto.

It must be the Grand Prix in Montreal (if you can call 300 engineers and a 100 million dollar aerodynamics exercise a sport) for Bridgetown it must be hosting Cricket Games for the ICC last year.

As too Boston well The Boston marathon is certainly the largest annual marathon in the world. you are really looking at what would be on par to Wimbelton for distance running annually.

jim jones

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Bridgetown hosted the final of the Cricket World Cup last year at the Kensington Oval, but I'm not aware of any other major events there.

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Boston is great, but when was the last time it held something of importance to the world? It wouldnt be hard to put together a quick list of events held in Paris, Melbourne and London.

The cities that reach the upper scale of the rankings are those that comprise of a good mix of local/national spectator sports, international events as well as annual/seasonal events (such as marathons).

Melbourne probably isnt the name we think of when it comes to being THE sports city, but its large mix and volume of sporting life makes it hard for it not to fulfill any criteria set out by these studies.

F1, MotoGP, FINA Champs, Grand Slam Tennis, Davis Cup Tennis, Kooyong Classic, Ashes, Commonwealths, World Cup Rugby, World Cup Rugby League, Spring Racing Carnival, AFL, A-League, NBL, NRL, Netball, Cricket, World Cycling Champs, Olympic Bids...Melborne puts a tick in every box...cities like London may put ticks in giant red marker in each box, just not in enough of them.

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well the rankins take into account a variety of factors from accommodation to weather to attendance to transportation system to venues. not simply events. the question being asked is which city is the best place to host a sports event. its not asking which city hosts the most events.

melbourne is the most livable city in the world and combined with that hosts a ridiculous amount of events at ridiculously fantastic venues.

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I've really got no qualms about Melbourne still at the top, nor London or Paris. Sydney? Well, even on the list a year ago or so, I was quaestioning _ I gues the Olympics and the Rugby WC skewed that one. But I still can't understand why only one US city made that top list.

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Not really sure why Mumbia is there, Dehli would be helped by the Commonwealths and International Cricket. Maybe the IPL (Indian Premier League) has helped prop them up...though it doesnt start for a few months.

What does New York host in terms of international events outside of tennis? Dont really here about it paired with a sports events...except when the Nicks get beaten, AGAIN! Outside of NFL, NBA, NHL and baseball, what else is there?

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What does New York host in terms of international events outside of tennis? Dont really here about it paired with a sports events...except when the Nicks get beaten, AGAIN! Outside of NFL, NBA, NHL and baseball, what else is there?

- The NYC Marathon is one of the top 3 in the US.

- a major stop on the AVP or the rival one Beach Volleyball circuit.

- The Westminster Kennel Dog Show -- the oldest and most prestigious in the Americas.

- the comings and goings of heads of state to the UN every September...

oh, lots more...

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Well, a reason to resurrect this thread again. Melbourne has AGAIN taken the top sports city award, in the announcement at Lords (London) today:

Melbourne named world's best sports city

November 12, 2009 - 3:04PM .

Melbourne has been saying it for years and now it's been confirmed - Melbourne is the best sporting city in the world.

Melbourne got the nod ahead of Berlin and Doha at the SportBusiness Sports Event Management Awards, held at Lord's Cricket Ground in London on Thursday.

Victorian Tourism and Major Events Minister Tim Holding says it is a great achievement for Melbourne to win the gold medal in the Sports City category at the awards, now in its third year.

"This award confirms what we have all known for a long time - no other city puts on a major sporting event like Melbourne," Mr Holding said.

"You only had to be at Flemington last week for the Melbourne Cup or be at Kingston Heath this week to see Tiger Woods and Geoff Ogilvy competing in the Masters to see our major events strategy on show."

He says the judges have recognised the passion that Melburnians and Victorians have for sport and major events.

Melbourne's sports calendar over the next two years include the Socceroos' last match on Australian soil in June before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the UCI Road World Cycling Championships next October and the 2011 Presidents Cup golf tournament, to be played at Royal Melbourne.

Victorian Premier John Brumby said Melbourne triumphed because of the government's commitment to major events.

"We won, we won, we won, we won - be proud of it," he said.

Melbourne has also been granted a new team licence for the expanding South African, New Zealand and Australian Rugby Union (SANZAR) competition.

"We beat South Africa to that. We're delighted about that," he said.

Mr Brumby said Melbourne would not have won the licence had it not been for the government's investment in the rectangular stadium, which will cater to the rugby and soccer codes.

AAP

Gilbert Felli, the city of Melbourne and the agencies Fast Track and Nova International Ltd were among the big winners of the 2009 SportBusiness Sports Event Management Awards.

The Awards, presented last night at a Black Tie Ceremony at Lords Cricket Ground, London, are now in their third year and recognise the innovation and skill of the people and organisations that make sports events happen.

Such is the growth in popularity and scope of the Awards since their inception, that over 150 entries were received and over 200 guests attended the Ceremony.

A panel of distinguished international judges, including newly elected IOC Executive Committee member Sir Craig Reedie, had their work cut out deliberating the short-listed entries, before awarding Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards in each category.

The Outstanding Contribution Award went to IOC Executive Director, Olympic Games, Gilbert Felli for his work within the Olympic movement. His role in overseeing one of the most sprawling, complex events in sports is immense, from, this year, producing the technical evaluation of the four 2016 candidate cities to overseeing progress on the first Youth Olympic Games. Sir Craig Reedie, collecting the Award on Felli’s behalf said: “Gilbert Felli’s work on the Summer Games, the Winter Games and now the Youth Games is just incredible. He is Mr Olympic Games.”

The Awards celebrated the outstanding events, organisers and individuals in each category, but this year more than ever before, the judges also felt they highlighted the breadth and creativity within the events sector with the inclusion on the short list of entries such as the BUPA Great City Games Manchester, the 17th Golden Oldies Rugby festival and the GAA All Ireland Quarter Finals.

Full List of Awards Winners

Brand Presentation

GOLD: MasterCard Worldwide for the UEFA Champions League Final

JOINT SILVER: McLaren Marketing Limited for the Formula One Grand Prix Season

JOINT SILVER: The Look Company for the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Championships

Event Look

GOLD: Fast Track for the UK School Games

SILVER: ICC World Twenty20 Team (part of the ECB) for the ICC World Twenty20

BRONZE: Designwerk for the Victoria Cup

Event Marketing

GOLD: ICC World Twenty20 Team (part of the ECB) for the ICC World Twenty20

SILVER: Fast Track for the Aviva London Grand Prix

BRONZE: Munster Rugby for the Munster vs New Zealand Game

Event Overlay & Facilities

GOLD: GL Events and Oasys for the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa

SILVER: Nova International Ltd for the BUPA Great City Games Manchester

BRONZE: NUSSILI (Schweiz) AG for the Sony Ericsson WTA Championships

Event Services

GOLD: Creative Technology Limited for the European PGA Tour

SILVER: Gameday Management Group for the Super Bowl XLIII

BRONZE: Aesthetics Models and Events Ltd for Major Sporting Events in 2009

Hospitality & Travel

GOLD: Keith Prowse for the Twickenham Experience Rugby Hospitality

SILVER: Sportsworld Group Ltd for the British Tennis Series

BRONZE: Air New Zealand Holidays for the 17th Golden Oldies World Rugby Festival Edinburgh

Mass Participation

GOLD: Nova International for the BUPA Great Manchester Run

SILVER: IMG Mass Participation Sports for the Mazda London Triathlon

BRONZE: Diamond Sports Events for the Bournemouth Sevens Festival

Outstanding Contribution

Gilbert Felli

Security

GOLD: Sword Event Guard International for the Volvo Ocean Race, the Galway Stopover Festival

SILVER: Controlled Solutions Group for the World Fire-Fighter Games

Sports City

GOLD: Victorian Major Events Company for the City of Melbourne

SILVER: Senate Department for the Interior and Sport for the City of Berlin

BRONZE: Qatar Olympic Committee for the City of Doha

Sportsbusiness.com

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Event Overlay & Facilities

GOLD: GL Events and Oasys for the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa

What a lie.

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BRONZE: Qatar Olympic Committee for the City of Doha

for the tecnical aspects of their bid?

For the Asian Games no doubt.

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I hope they consider Cape Town next year. We have pretty stadium near City Centre, by the Atlantic Ocean.

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