Birmingham Bids To Host The Commonwealth Games In 2022
Birmingham is one of the candidates to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022. Birmingham’s pitch so far has been about being low risk and low cost, due to the short delivery time scale and Government desire for cost-effective Games in mind.
Birmingham has a world-class athletics track at the Alexander Stadium, which has held international competitions like the Diamond League. It is the home of the sport’s governing body UK Athletics. As well as hosting the opening and closing ceremonies, it would be the athletics venue for the games. An proposed upgrade could increase capacity to 50,000, with a permanent capacity of 25,000.Two venues in Westside would also be hosting the Commonwealth Games, Barclaycard Arena and Symphony Hall.
The city does not have an international competition standard pool, however, sites for a facility are being carefully looked at, which would, after the Games, become an asset for the community. The city has rebuilt six community swimming pools and refurbished others during this era of austerity. They now cover their own running costs. This experience will be valuable in creating a new competition standard pool which will provide a genuine legacy for the region.
Birmingham’s diverse population makes it a natural fit for the Commonwealth Games – an incredible 314,000 West Midlanders were born in Commonwealth Countries – and their children and grandchildren retain close links.
Birmingham has a track record of delivering large international sporting events, recently hosting: the ICC Champions Trophy and The Ashes at Edgbaston; Rugby World Cup fixtures at Villa Park; Diamond League athletics meetings at the Alexander Stadium; the Aegon Classic tennis championships at the Edgbaston Priory Club; the All England Open Badminton Championships; and the UCI BMX Championships.
“Sitting at the heart of the UK, and standing for the diversity of the Commonwealth, Birmingham is well positioned to attract people to the Games and to ensure that the benefits of hosting extend from the city and the region, to the UK, to the Commonwealth. The advancement of the UK’s global role and the Commonwealth movement is integral to our vision is “Birmingham: heart of the UK, soul of the Commonwealth.”
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