The West Midlands Combined Authority has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of £70m to transform Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Plans are underway for Alexander Stadium’s capacity to increase from 12,700 to 40,000 in time for the Commonwealth Games, and to retain 20,000 permanent seats after the event.
The revamped stadium will also include new community sports facilities within the new stand, a permanent warm-up track and a new conference meeting space created to host business and cultural events after the 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 the local community.
“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 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.