The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has granted Birmingham the right to host the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships, to be held at the National Indoor Arena (NIA), which is currently undergoing a £26 million makeover. The awarding of the event came following a detailed submission and presentation on day two of the 187th IAAF Council Meeting in Monaco last week. Phil Mead, Managing Director, Arenas, NEC Group said:
This is a fantastic endorsement for British Athletics, for Birmingham and for the NIA, and testament to our collaborative approach to this bid. The arena has athletics at its heart, and we have an unrivalled heritage of hosting world class events here. We have specifically designed the arena to ensure that it is purpose built for exactly this type of top flight sporting event, and I am absolutely confident that Birmingham will deliver the most successful IAAF World Indoor Championships ever.
Councillor Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council said that the award will give an estimated economic boost of more than £20 million, adding:
I am delighted that we have been successful in securing the 2018 World Indoor Athletics Championships, in partnership with British Athletics, at superb facilities in the newly modernised National Indoor Arena.
IAAF vice president Lord Sebastian Coe welcomed the award as an opportunity to maintain the moentum athletics has built up in the UK.