The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) today (Wednesday April 11) welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of £70m to transform Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium for the 2022 Commonwealth Games
WMCA chief executive Deborah Cadman said the funding would not only create a world class stadium for the Games themselves but also a landmark sporting asset for the region and local community.
How the Alexander Stadium could look during the 2022 Commonwealth Games
“The stadium will be centre stage for the Games and the focal point for millions of viewers around the world," she said.
“So not only will its redevelopment create the perfect venue for fans to watch our top athletes compete, it will also reflect the wider cultural and economic regeneration our region is experiencing.”
The redevelopment of the stadium will include new community sports facilities, a permanent warm-up track and conference facilities to host business and cultural events once the Games are over.
The announcement comes hard on the heels of a £20m pledge by the WMCA towards the planned Commonwealth Games Village, also in Perry Barr.
The 24 hectare development, on the site of the old University of Central England (UCE) and Birmingham City University (BCU) campus, will house competitors during the Games and then be used help provide much needed new housing for the city. It will also play a key role in helping to regenerate the wider area.
The WMCA has backed Birmingham’s bid for the Games from the outset, reflecting the wider region's recognition of the social and economic benefits of hosting the event.