April 23, 2016 Melbourne is officially the sporting capital of the world.
Melbourne took top spot at the SportBusiness Ultimate Sport City Awards, the longest-running rankings of the world's top sports hosts, stealing the title from Berlin, London, New York and Sydney, the Victorian government said on Wednesday, April 20. It's the fourth time Melbourne has taken out the title, with wins in 2006, 2008 and 2010.
The state government said in a press release that the city's "legacy is unrivalled".
"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 statement read.
Sports minister John Eren said that the award marked an outstanding decade of the biggest and best globally renowned events.
"The eyes of the sporting world are on Melbourne all-year round. We have all the top-class events, and we want more of them."
"Whether it's a Formula 1 Grand Prix, a Tennis Grand Slam, the world's best spring racing carnival or a one-off blockbuster at the MCG, Melbourne is at the top of the bucket list of sports fans right around the globe."
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