By James Grayson
The 60th prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year award ceremony is coming to the Leeds Arena in December.
An anticipated crowd of more than 12,000 people will be present for the event, which will take place on Sunday December 15.
The likes of footballers David Beckham, Michael Owen and Ryan Giggs along with Olympic gold medallists Sir Bradley Wiggins, Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Steve Redgrave have been previous recipients of the award.
Director of BBC Sport, Barbara Slater, said: “The sporting heritage of the city is second to none and this new arena is an ideal location from which to celebrate the figures who have shaped sport over the year.”
John Knight, regional vice president for Leeds Arena owners SMG Europe, added: “The BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards are iconic and we’re delighted to have this opportunity to showcase the city’s world-class new venue to the people of Leeds and a national television audience of millions.”