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FLAGSHIP EVENT: City on course for ‘best ever’ Commonwealth Games

FLAGSHIP EVENT: City on course for ‘best ever’ Commonwealth Games

Up to date picture of the revamped Alexander Stadium, Image: Birmingham City Council

Birmingham is on course to deliver the ‘best Commonwealth Games there’s ever been’, the leader of Birmingham council has said.

Speaking at a meeting of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) today (Jan 14), Councillor Ian Ward announced that the city is planning for ‘full stadia’ despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and confirmed that major construction projects remain on schedule.

Birmingham is due to host the flagship event in just over six months, with the opening ceremony due to take place on July 28 at the revamped Alexander Stadium and the closing ceremony scheduled for August 8.

Birmingham was awarded the Games back in late 2017 when Durban pulled out, meaning the city has had less time to prepare to host the event, which could see as many as one million people visit the West Midlands.

However Cllr Ward has confirmed that, despite the pressures placed on preparations by the pandemic, everything is proceeding on schedule.

“If I might first of all take this opportunity to assure everyone that we are on course to deliver the Commonwealth Games this summer,” he said.

“We’re planning for full stadia, and we’re planning for the best Commonwealth Games there’s ever been to be hosted in the city of Birmingham and the wider region.

“The stadium itself is on budget and on time, as is the case for the aquatics centre in Sandwell, both of which will be handed over to the organising committee shortly for the final preparations in advance of the Games.

“We’ll be encouraging people to come in to the city and enjoy a party throughout the 11 days this summer that the Games take place.

“We are determined that we will deliver not only the best Commonwealth Games but the most accessible Commonwealth Games there has ever been, and it will genuinely be a Games for all.”


Words: Tom Dare, Local Democracy Reporter

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