New track installed at Arena Birmingham
To ensure that athletes at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018, have the best possible surface to compete on, the entire infield of Birmingham’s indoor track, including the 60m sprint straight and the run ups for field events, has been replaced.
Commonwealth high jump silver medallist, Isobel Pooley, visited Arena Birmingham when the refurbishment took place and she'll hopefully be one of the athletes who'll be able to take advantage of the brand new Mondo surface.
Pooley said: “It’s great news that the athletes competing at the Championships will do so on a brand new Mondo surface, which could help the high jumpers soar to greater heights.”
The last significant refurbishment of the track took place in 2006, when a grant was provided by Advantage West Midlands, who were the regional development agency at the time. As part of the grant conditions, money was set aside for the ongoing maintenance and refurbishment of the track. The recent refurbishment of the infield has cost £135k.
Steve Hollingworth, Chair of the Local Organising Committee for the Championships, said: “We have refurbished the infield as we wanted to ensure that the track is in the best possible condition ahead of the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018, an event which we are extremely proud to be hosting. However, this track isn’t just for the world-class athletes who are regular visitors to the arena, it is also used by club athletes from across the region, so we are pleased that they will also have the best possible surface to compete on.”
Next year’s World Indoor Championships, will see around 400 athletes from about 150 countries competing at Arena Birmingham, which also played host to the same event in 2003.