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Birmingham’s one man race to the Commonwealth Games


Birmingham was the only city to submit a bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games before the deadline, which landed on Saturday 30th September 2017

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) will now review the bid to check it meets the requirements of successfully hosting the major event. Birmingham must convince the CGF that it has the correct facilities and finances to deliver the sporting event before it can be officially named as the host.

The cost for staging the games is expected to be between £600 and £750 million – which would make it the most expensive sports event since Britain held the London 2012 Olympic games. Birmingham’s bid also won the backing of the Government which agreed to cover 75% of the total funds. Local authorities will now need to raise the further 25% of the overall cost of staging the event.

Organisers have ensured that essential services will not be affected and that the event will prove great value for the West Midlands by leaving a sporting and economic legacy. Others are worrying that taxes will rise as a result.

The venues listed in Birmingham’s bid included an upgraded Alexander Stadium, Villa Park, the NEC, Birmingham Arena, Symphony Hall and the University of Birmingham. There are also facilities in Coventry, Sandwell and Leamington Spa. The vast majority of venues already in place have been regarded as the low cost and low risk bid option.

It is thought that Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Victoria in Canada and a potential Australian entry were possible bidders but none came forward.

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