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BBC Sports Personality Of The Year returns to Birmingham for 2010

The BBC announced today that BBC Sports Personality Of The Year will return to Birmingham in 2010, taking place at the LG Arena Birmingham on Sunday 19 December. The event will be covered live on BBC One and 5 Live.

Last year over 10,000 people were able to view the show live in Sheffield, with tickets selling out in a few days. The move to the LG Arena in Birmingham, with its increased capacity, will allow even greater numbers to experience the unique atmosphere of the live event. Birmingham's rich sporting heritage also makes it the perfect host city from which to celebrate what will be an amazing year of sport that includes the World Cup, Winter Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

Presented by Sue Barker, Gary Lineker and Jake Humphrey, Sports Personality Of The Year will this year be held on 19 December, a week later than the traditional date. It will also coincide with a great weekend of BBC programming to kick off the Christmas season.

Barbara Slater, Director of Sport, said: "It will be great to bring the event back to Birmingham and to be able to offer so many people the chance to be part of the celebrations. Sports Personality Of The Year is such a great platform to celebrate the very best in sport and this is a great sporting area of the UK. We've had such a good reception when we have been here before, and we're delighted that two local past winners are able to join us today to help launch the event."

Leader of Birmingham City Council, Councillor Mike Whitby, said: "We are delighted to welcome the national Sports Personality Of The Year awards back to Birmingham. We were the first city outside of the capital to host this prestigious awards ceremony and with around 10m people watching the awards it provides a great showcase for us.

Given that Birmingham has hosted more major sporting championships than any other European city, and will be welcoming the US and Jamaican Track and Field teams in 2012, it is fitting that these awards are returning to the UK's sporting city."

Programme, ticket and voting details will be announced nearer the time. Tickets for the Sports Personality Of The Year will go on sale from September from The Ticket Factory.

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