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Sports Personality of the Year 2016: Tickets go on sale on Friday

Sports Personality of the Year

Gabby Logan, Gary Lineker and Clare Balding and will present the show live from Birmingham

Tickets for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016 will go on sale on Friday, 7 October at 09:00 BST.

The Genting Arena in Birmingham will host the event on Sunday, 18 December and will celebrate an outstanding 12 months of British sport.

Tickets cost £45 each and will be restricted to six per person.

Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan will again present the show, which will be live on BBC One, the BBC Sport website and BBC Radio 5 live.

Last year the first wave of tickets sold out in 35 minutes.

How can I buy tickets?

Tickets can be purchased online from theticketfactory.com or by calling the box office on 0844 33 88 222.

All tickets are subject to administration fees and children under 16 (minimum age 10) must be accompanied by an adult.

Will this be the toughest year to pick a winner?

“This is an unparalleled era to be competing under the Union flag,” says BBC Sport chief sports writer Tom Fordyce.

“Sports Personality of the Year? Good luck with whittling it down to the shortlist, let alone choosing your winner.”

Read more from Fordyce.

What happened last year?

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Murray wins Sports Personality of the Year

Tennis player Andy Murray won Sports Personality of the Year 2015 with 35% of the votes when the show travelled to Belfast for the first time.

Rugby league player Kevin Sinfield (28%) was runner-up, with heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill third (8%).

Other awards presented on the evening were:

  • Overseas Sports Personality of the Year: Dan Carter -an integral part of the New Zealand team that beat Australia 34-17 to win rugby union’s World Cup
  • Coach of the Year: Michael O’Neill – the Northern Ireland manager helped his country end a 30-year absence from tournament football by securing a spot at Euro 2016
  • Young Sports Personality of the Year: Ellie Downie – the 16-year-old gymnast won bronze in the all-around at the European Championships, the first female to win an individual all-around medal for Great Britain
  • Lifetime Achievement: AP McCoy – Twenty-time champion jump jockey AP McCoy, 41, who retired in April after a record-breaking career
  • Helen Rollason Award: Bailey Matthews – the eight-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, completed his first triathlon unaided
  • Unsung Hero: Damien Lindsay – the west Belfast youth football coach played a huge role in his local community in his work with the St James Swifts Football Club

Sports Personality roll of honour: Every winner since 1954

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/37555172