COMMONWEALTH GAMES: Sports venues set to undergo changes
Warwickshire cricket ground and the University of Birmingham’s Sports and Fitness Centre are set to undergo facelifts in order to host events for next year’s Commonwealth Games.
Papers due to go before the council’s planning committee this week (June 10) detail how the Sports and Fitness Centre will be adapted to host the hockey and squash events for the Games.
The Warwickshire ground will undergo small alterations in order to host the women’s cricket.
At the university, this would see the adding of spectator stands up to 11 metres high, as well as spectator arrival, queueing and holding areas, the creation of operations and broadcasting areas and compounds and changes to the hockey field of play and warm-up areas.
The centre would also have catering and concession units and toilets added to prepare for spectators expected to visit the site, while the existing sports lighting would be removed and replaced with temporary sports lighting.
The proposed works will ‘significantly increase spectator capacity at the site’, papers say, with capacity for 6,000 at the hockey events and 2,000 for the squash events. There will also be an additional 1,300 (approx) competitors, support team and media on site.
The plans for Warwickshire cricket ground, which would host the women’s cricket event, are a little more limited in scope, with only a few temporary alterations set to be made to the site.
These would include both logistic and broadcast compounds in the car parks of the ground, as well as adding ‘spectator arrival point structures’ at the north, west and south of the stadium.
All of the structures would be erected during June/July 2022 with the events held 28th July -7th August, after which both sites would be decommissioned and returned to existing no later than the end of September 2022.
Both applications have been recommended for approval by the council, with a decision on them due at this week’s planning committee (June 10).
Words: Tom Dare, Local Democracy Reporter
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