Today, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced that Birmingham has been selected ahead of Liverpool as the England bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Liverpool’s bid for the 2022 Games had the new Everton Stadium at the forefront of its proposal, along with a 50-metre swimming pool within the city centre dock, which would have remained and been part of the legacy of Liverpool hosting the Games. Liverpool’s plan would have created 12,000 more jobs for the area.
The news comes as a bitter blow for Mayor Joe Anderson, who tweeted that he was ‘proud’ of the Liverpool team and wishes Birmingham well in competing against Kuala Lumpur for the right to host the 2022 games. This comes as a surprise, as it was reported that sources within the team believed that Liverpool was in pole position.
Liverpool has lost its bid to host Commonwealth Games 2022 thanks to my team #proud?Congratulations and good luck Birmingham wish you well?
— Joe Anderson (@mayor_anderson) September 7, 2017
It was reported that Birmingham was chosen ahead of Liverpool because its plan had ‘impressed judges’. Birmingham’s plan consists of a renovation to the 40,000 capacity Alexander Stadium at the forefront of the Games, which will be used for track and field events. The Genting Arena, Arena Birmingham, Villa Park and the National Exhibition Centre would host badminton, gymnastics, rugby and weightlifting. Birmingham’s success represents a boost for the city since the bid for the 1992 Olympics failed to materialise.
For Birmingham, today’s news comes as highly satisfying, since Liverpool was chosen ahead of Birmingham for the 2008 Capital of Culture.