Birmingham confirmed as the host for Commonwealth Games 2022

The games will boost the West Midlands economy by £750 MILLION.

Christmas has come early for Birmingham with the confirmation that the city will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The success in securing a major global sporting event has been a long time coming for the city after decades of failure.

There will not only be 11 days of sport in the summer on 2022 but major investment in sports venues, transport, housing and jobs over the next few years.

It has taken a wide coalition, not just the city council, but the Government, the West Midlands Mayor and business and sporting organisations to deliver the successful bid.

Birmingham was the only city able to put together a bid in the short time scale needed following the removal of original host Durban earlier this year. The bid focussed on Birmingham’s youth and appropriately the announcement was made at a school, the Arena Academy in Great Barr -near to the Alexander Stadium which will be a key host venue. Victoria Square will be used for 3x3 Basketball and Wheelchair Basketball.The only new venue in the bid is the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, set to host Swimming, Para Swimming and Diving.

This will be the third time the Commonwealth Games has been held in Britain since the turn of the century, after Manchester and Glasgow staged the event in 2002 and 2014 respectively.

The Games are expected to take place between 27 July and 7 August 2022.

Louise Martin, president of the CGF, said Canada, Malaysia and Australia have all expressed interest in hosting the Games in 2026 or 2030.

Making the announcement at a school in Birmingham, Martin told pupils the Games would "celebrate diversity, create opportunities and drive business links".

"With its rich history, cultural diversity, youthful dynamism and ambitious spirit, Birmingham embodies all that we cherish about the Commonwealth," she said.

"We want this to be a brand new chapter in Birmingham's history, and we want you to be part of that."

It is thought the government will pay 75% of the cost of hosting the Games, with the other 25% - about £180m - raised locally.

Posted on Thursday Dec 21