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ⓘ Venues of the 2022 Commonwealth Games

  • Lee Valley VeloPark London – cycling track / existing
                                     

1. Construction and renovation of venues

The Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr, which is scheduled to host the ceremonies and athletics, will be renovated at a cost of £72 million. The stadiums seating capacity will be increased permanently from 12.700 to 18.000 and will allow more than 30.000 during the Games through additional temporary seating. Northern Irish firm McLaughlin & Harvey will redevelop the stadium.

A new aquatics centre, scheduled to host the swimming and diving events, is currently being built in Sandwell and is set to be completed in spring 2022. British firm Wates designed the aquatics centre and is constructing at a cost of £73 million.

On 9 March 2020, the NEC Group announced they have submitted planning permission to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to expand the capacity of Resorts World Arena from 15.685 to 21.600, if approved, this would make the arena the largest indoor arena in the United Kingdom. This development would involve the demoltion of the existing roof, with an addition of an upper tier as well as other works including enhanced hospitality facilities as well as external, internal and major refurbishment works.

                                     

2. Change in venues

In August 2017, during the preparation of the Birmingham bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, UK Athletics Chief Ed Warner proposed London Stadium in London to host the athletic events and rest of the sporting events would be in Birmingham and West Midlands. The London Stadium hosted the athletics and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics as well as the 2017 World Athletic Championships and Para Athletics Championships. Ed Warner claimed that enough funds could be saved by using the London Stadium rather than renovating the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. In February 2019, Councillor Paul Tilsley claimed that the refurbished Alexander Stadium would become a white elephant after the Games as no long-term tenant for the stadium was identified. He was also concerned about the funding arrangement of the Games and claimed that spending funds in organizing the Games could put the council into very heavy debt. On 21 June 2019, the Birmingham City Council released the images and plans for renovating the Alexander Stadium and claimed that it would create a legacy asset for the Perry Barr area. The council claimed that the stadium could become the permanent home for the UKA and host major athletics events such as the Diamond League meeting which is currently held at the London Stadium. On 30 January 2020, the Birmingham City Councils planning committee approved the renovation plans of the Alexander Stadium which would cost £72 million.

The Birmingham Organising Committee changed the venues of netball and rugby sevens events. The netball was moved from the Ricoh Arena in Coventry to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham and the rugby sevens was moved from the Villa Park in Birmingham to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. The former venues of those sporting events were decided during the preparation of the Birmingham bid in 2017 and the latter venues were decided in September 2019.

                                     

3. Athletes Village

The athletes village is currently under construction on the site of the former Birmingham City University campus in Perry Barr and is due for completion in early 2022. The Australian firm Lendlease is constructing the village at a cost of £350 million The Athletes Village will be home to over 6.500 athletes and officials during the Games and will be converted into 1.400 homes for the community following the Games. It is also the largest infrastructure project directly related to the Games. The village was designed by the British firms Glancy Nicholls Architects and Glenn Howells Architects.

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