Birmingham will have the opportunity to show the world that the U.K.’s second largest city is more than equipped to host an international multi-sporting event, after being chosen by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) to host games in 2022.
At the Arena Academy school in Perry Beeches, GF President Louise Martin CBE said: “We warmly congratulate Birmingham and England on today’s announcement – it is a defining moment for this truly Commonwealth city.
Adding: “With its rich history, cultural diversity, youthful dynamism and ambitious spirit, Birmingham embodies all that we cherish about the Commonwealth”
• Birmingham 2022 is expected to take place from 27 July – 7 August 2022
• Hosting the games is envisaged to cost £750 million pounds
• It is thought that 25% (£180 million) of the total bill will need to be raised locally
Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council and Chair of the Bid Team, said: “This is a wonderful way to end the year and celebrate the festive season – with an early Christmas present for the city!”
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “The Games will provide the opportunity to not only see world-class sport but bring economic and social benefits.”
Ian Metcalfe, Chair of Commonwealth Games England, added: “I am delighted that the Commonwealth Games Federation has awarded the 2022 Games to England and to Birmingham.
“England has a proud tradition of welcoming the world to our country and creating fantastic sports events, culture and the warmest of welcomes for the entire Commonwealth movement.”
Northfield MP Richard Burden said: “Hosting the Games has the potential to really boost Birmingham’s profile as a major international city and it will also benefit the wider West Midlands region. The City Council reckon there will be a £1.1 billion gross economic benefit for the UK, of which £526 million will be seen here in West Midlands, along with around 4,500 jobs a year until 2022 and 12,500 volunteers with opportunities for training and qualifications. There great potential for the people of Birmingham to have a real stake in the Games.
He added: “It is obviously also important that the cost of the Games does not come from money needed to provide regular services to Birmingham people, especially as cuts are already being forced in the city. I am therefore pleased the Council are confident that the funding package they are putting in place will not divert money away from services. Credit is due to Birmingham Council Leader, Ian Ward, for spearheading the bid and to partners from across the West Midlands who have helped make this happen.”
Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson said: “It was a pleasure to announce in the House of Commons today that Birmingham will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. I’d like to congratulate everyone who worked so hard on Birmingham’s successful bid.”