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Birmingham's Alexander Stadium to get £70m revamp ahead of 2022 Commonwealth Games

By Andrew Turton | Birmingham | Commonwealth Games | Published:

Birmingham's Alexander Stadium will receive a £70 million makeover ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Birmingham's Alexander Stadium will be transformed ahead of the Commonwealth Games in 2022

The athletics arena, which was first opened in 1976, will have its capacity increased from 12,700 to 40,000 in time for the Games.

Alexander Stadium, on Walsall Road, Perry Barr, near Great Barr, will also be the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies and will retain 20,000 permanent seats after the event.

An artist's impression of the transformed Alexander Stadium

The revamped stadium is also set to include 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.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who will announce the investment on Wednesday during a visit to the stadium, said: "Birmingham's dynamism, diversity and ambition capture exactly what it is to be part of the Commonwealth and I'm sure that in four years' time, the people of this city will host an incredible event which showcases the very best of Britain to the world.

"The investment I am announcing today will transform the stadium into a state-of-the-art facility benefitting the local community and the region well beyond 2022."

Wolverhampton's Matthew Hudson-Smith wins the men's 400m final at the British Championships at the Alexander Stadium in 2016

Birmingham was awarded the 2022 Games last December. They were originally given to Durban but the South African city was stripped of hosting duties in March 2017 after running into financial difficulties.

The budget for the Games will be released once a full review has been completed but a hotel tax, which would see visitors to the city pay a small levy on their bills, is believed to be one option under consideration.

Andrew Turton

By Andrew Turton
Digital Journalist

Digital journalist based at the Express & Star's head office in Wolverhampton. Interested in breaking news and social media. Get in touch on Twitter @aturton_star or andrew.turton@expressandstar.co.uk

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