21 December 2017
The Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022 will provide the region with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to put the city more firmly on the global map, business leaders said today.
The announcement was being made today at a media launch at the Arena Academy Secondary School near the Alexander Stadium.
The Games are expected to generate £750 million for the local economy and the decision came after negotiations between the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Birmingham City Council were concluded.
Paul Faulkner, chief executive of the GBCC, said: “The award of the Games to Birmingham will mark a see-change in the city’s history. It’s an opportunity to showcase ourselves to a global audience and will benefit all elements of our life here.
“The City Council and supporting bodies deserve huge congratulations for this successful bid and we now need to showcase a stunning event.
“Credit should also go to the West Midlands Combined Authority and our new Mayor Andy Street and many numerous other public and private sector bodies that played their part.
“This also comes just days after that other great boost for the region – the Coventry City of Culture 2021 success. Birmingham and Coventry deserve a few years in the spotlight and we now have the opportunity to make the most of it.
“Birmingham Council highlighted in the bid that hosting the Games will accelerate job creation and drive change that will leave a glowing mark on the city for years.
“The Games themselves offer the opportunity to generate significant income for the wider region, with other cities and towns sharing the action.
“This is another great feather in Birmingham’s cap, having already successful staged major sporting events including Test matches, big soccer and rugby matches and top athletics.
“It will give the city the chance to improve its sporting facilities and at the same time generate work for businesses in the area.
“Visitors and a world-wide television audience need to be shown the dynamism, appeal and friendliness of Greater Birmingham.
“We’re passed the heats now and into the final – let’s ensure we cross the finishing line with a glorious Games that will go down in history.”
Today’s announcement comes shortly after the GBCC launched Birmingham Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce to drive trade between Greater Birmingham and Commonwealth countries.