Interesting news – and good news for the Birmingham community – the Commonwealth Games will be held in Birmingham in 2022 – under five years away! While this was an expected victory after South Africa’s bid collapsed, this is still great news for Birmingham. The announcement was made at the Birmingham Area Academy earlier today. This will be the first time since 2014 that Britain hosted the games – with Glasgow the last hosts. The countdown starts!
The 2022 games were originally meant to take place in Durban, South Africa – yet financial problems led to South Africa being stripped as hosts. It is estimated that the games cost a staggering £750m – leading to the financial issues for South Africa. Subsequently, the United Kingdom took over as hosts.
Birmingham beat competition from Liverpool to be the selection of the United Kingdom. The last time that England hosted the Commonwealth Games was in 2002 – when Manchester hosted the event. Glasgow, Scotland hosted the 2014 event.
The Birmingham City Council will hope to create an athlete’s village in the area surrounding the Alexandra Stadium. The Commonwealth Games welcomes nations that were a part of the Commonwealth. Largely existing venues will host the games, though the Sandwell Aquatics Centre will be built to host aquatic events. While this event is five years away, it is an exciting time for Birmingham! We await the games!