The SportBusiness Ultimate Sport City Awards are the longest-running rankings of the world’s top sports hosts. We took out the one-off gong ahead of Berlin, London, New York and, of course, Sydney.
Melbourne is no stranger to the podium, winning the World’s Ultimate Sports City in 2006, 2008 and 2010 – and we’ve blitzed the field once more. Our city has been judged the 2016 Ultimate Sports City in the Large Cities category, and we’ve claimed the Best Venues category too.
The Award caps a historic decade-long legacy of hosting some of the world’s most sought-after sporting events. We’re home to the Australian Open Grand Slam, the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, the MotoGP and a long list of blockbusters other cities can only dream of staging, including:
• The 2006 Commonwealth Games
• The 2007 FINA World Swimming Championships
• The 2010 UCI Road World Championships
• The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup
• The 2015 AFC Asian Cup
Our world-class sporting precinct stands without peer. We have the iconic MCG, Etihad Stadium and AAMI Park. Add to that Melbourne Park and Hisense Arena and there really is something for everyone and the best of everything.
We have the most loyal and passionate fans too, who join visitors from all over the globe in turning out to our events each week. It’s why European giants Liverpool and Real Madrid choose our state for their overseas tours, and it’s why Sydneysiders had to come to Victoria to see a State of Origin match played in front of 90,000 fans.
The SportBusiness Ultimate Sport City Awards prove it: There’s no place on earth for sport like Melbourne.