Having elected to move away from Wembley Stadium after two years, event organisers have revealed that the Race of Champions will move to the Birds Nest Stadium in Beijing for the 2009 end of season spectacular.
The Race of Champions will become the first international sports event to be held in the stadium since the Olympic Games last summer, and will also move to a new date in November – just days after the completion of the Formula One season in Abu Dhabi.
The event will be staged over two days, with the ROC Nations Cup on Tuesday, November 3 and The Race of Champions on Wednesday, November 4, to offer spectators a more extensive exhibitions line-up, plus the possibility of more competitors and teams than ever before.
“We received exciting proposals from five world-class stadia, but after the incredible Olympics last year, Beijing's candidacy was difficult to ignore,” president of event organisers IMP Fredrik Johnsson said. “The Bird's Nest venue is awesome and having spent the last five years at two of Europe's biggest stadiums, we were thrilled about the opportunity to take The Race of Champions to Asia for the first time, to another of the world's most iconic sporting arenas.
“I would like to say thank you to Wembley for the past two years. The people there were great to work with and helped us put on two fantastic events. This year will be the Race of Champions' first year outside of Europe, but we will definitely be back soon.”