Calgary Named as 6th Ultimate Sport City in the World (small city category)
Today, Calgary was named as 6th Ultimate Sport City 2016 (small city category), as named by SportBusiness. 30 international cities had been shortlisted for the prestigious award in January.
“To once again be recognized as one of the world’s Ultimate Sports Cities validates a long-term commitment to an ambitious and collaborative strategy that embraces the importance of sport as a key pillar of what makes Calgary a great city,” says Doug Mitchell, Chair, Calgary Sport Tourism Authority (CSTA). "Through promoting the importance of physical and mental wellness, economic and tourism development and grass roots volunteerism, sport is important to the future of Calgary. We are proud that our city, citizens, venues, volunteers and events are being recognized in this way.”
Since 2006, the SportBusiness list has been published every two years. In 2014, Calgary was named Ultimate Sports City (Best Small Sports City category) and 5th overall globally. In 2012, Calgary was highlighted as a city to watch.
“We continue to grow Calgary as one of the top sport event cities in Canada and one of the pre-eminent winter sport cities in the world,” says Marco De Iaco, Executive Director of the CSTA and VP Sport & Major Events at Tourism Calgary. “Calgary has many of the key attributes needed to compete for major events internationally, including a long-term and progressive vision to maintain our recognition as an Ultimate Sport City by renewing and revitalizing our sport and major event infrastructure and hosting capacity.”
The SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Cities Awards are the internationally recognized and longest established rankings of the world’s top sports hosts. Criteria includes: venues, transportation and infrastructure, accommodation, event strategy, government and public support, legacy, quality of life, security and marketing and branding.
Vancouver was the only other Canadian city on the 2016 shortlist, which includes long-established sport hosts including Beijing, Dubai, London, Melbourne, Tokyo and Sochi.
Cassandra McAuley, Director, Corporate Communications & Strategy