We brought in experts from all over and listened to many voices and recommendations before we decided this was the direction we wanted to go. There's the river of course and the area's roads and rails, the airport hub, early immigration... and the Underground Railroad - the new space will allow us to reflect the significance of this area through time.

I think we showed tonight that we deserved to be here. We were not invited to South Africa last year because we did not qualify, so we needed to show that we deserved to be in the world's top 24.