British Athletics have confirmed that the Gateshead International Stadium will play host to the Müller Grand Prix in 2020, 2021 and 2024.
The renewed partnership means world class athletics will be returning to the North East in what has become a passionate host to the sport of athletics over the years.
Gateshead hosted international grands prix between 2003 and 2010, and is also the only venue to have held the European Athletics Team Championships three times (1989, 2000, and most recently in 2013).
Major Events Director for British Athletics, Cherry Alexander OBE is thrilled to be taking top level competition back to the north east and the athletics loving fans: “It’s brilliant to be returning to Gateshead. We know how passionate their spectators are and how much they appreciate and respect the heritage of the sport,” said Alexander.
“Gateshead International Stadium has proved time and time again it’s a fantastic venue to host world class athletics and international championships and we love working with them. We’re thrilled Gateshead Council recognises the benefits of hosting major sports events as it has proven with its longstanding support of the Great North Run and Junior Great North Run.
“The whole area is geared up for sport and activity and so we know the athletes will be in for a really warm welcome.”
Gateshead Council Leader, Councillor Martin Gannon said: “Hosting world-class athletics events will showcase Gateshead to an international audience helping realise our ambitious plans for growth and regeneration in the next few years. Gateshead has a proud history of staging major sporting events with athletics at its heart, so we welcome the opportunity to once again work with British Athletics.
“Events of this scale provide local people with inspiring opportunities to see top athletes perform up close, as well as being able to get involved in the event through volunteering. It will also bring a welcome boost to the local economy as well as encouraging participation in supporting activities aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of our local communities.”