WMCA welcomes £70m pot to transform Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium

The West Midlands Combined Authority have welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of £70m to transform Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Speaking about the decision, WMCA chief executive Deborah Cadman felt 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. She said:

“The stadium will be centre stage for the Games and the focal point for millions of viewers around the world. 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 Birmingham City University's former City North 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.


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