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Calgary named 2nd best Ultimate Sports City (small city), 6th overall globally

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DH Calgary Staff Apr 20, 2016 7:28 pm

After being narrowed down to the top 30 cities in the world, Calgary has been ranked as the second best Ultimate Sports City (small city) and sixth overall globally, an award given out by SportBusiness every two years.

The awards, announced today at a ceremony in Lausanne, Switzerland, were broken down into categories based on city size (population split into extra large, large, medium, and small) as well as ones for Best Newcomer and Best Home-Grown Event.

The cities were judged on several criteria: hosting, venues, transportation and infrastructure, accommodation, event strategy, legacy, quality of life, public support, security, and marketing and branding.

Calgary finished in second place in the small city category behind Glasgow, Scotland. In 2014, it placed first in the category and fifth overall globally.

The only other Canadian city, Vancouver, placed 16th overall and third in the small city category.

Ultimate Sport City of 2016 rankings

  1. New York City – XL
  2. London – XL
  3. Melbourne – L
  4. Auckland – M
  5. Glasgow – S
  6. Calgary – S
  7. Copenhagen – M
  8. Machester – XS
  9. Los Angeles – L
  10. Tokyo – XL
  11. Sydney – L
  12. Berlin – L
  13. Paris – M
  14. Singapore – L
  15. Gold Coast – XS
  16. Vancouver – S
  17. Dubai – M
  18. Amsterdam – S
  19. Doha – S
  20. Cardiff – XS
  21. Kuala Lumpur – M
  22. Stockholm – S
  23. Rio de Janeiro – L
  24. Moscow – XL
  25. Beijing – XL
  26. Kazan – S
  27. Baku – M
  28. Durban – S
  29. Sochi – XS
  30. PyeongChang – XS

Ultimate Sport City of 2016 awards

  • Ultimate Sports City of 2016 – New York City
  • 10th Anniversary Award – Melbourne
  • Best Newcomer – Gold Coast
  • Best Home-Grown Event – Copenhagen (Swoop Challenge)
  • Best Hosting – London
  • Best Venues – Melbourne
  • Best Transportation – Manchester
  • Best Accommodation – Tokyo
  • Best Event Strategy – Auckland
  • Best Legacy – Glasgow
  • Best Quality of Life and Economic Impact – Vancouver
  • Best Public Support/Tourism – New York City
  • Best Security – Auckland
  • Best Marketing and Branding – London

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