Birmingham is to be the UK’s official candidate city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has announced.
Birmingham today (07 September 2017) welcomed the decision by the Commonwealth Games Delivery Unit (CGDU) to recommend it as a Candidate City to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
With just days to go until the UK’s preferred Candidate City is announced, Birmingham 2022 shares 22 reasons why it is time to Bring the Games to Birmingham
Just 22 days ahead of Birmingham’s largest arts festival, Birmingham Weekender (from 22 – 24 September), the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games bid team unveils its cultural programme for the Games.
The Birmingham 2022 bid team has unveiled its plans to showcase the best of UK industry and business to a global audience, as part of its 2022 Commonwealth Games bid. Business Expo 2022, and the associated five-year Enterprise and Industry Programme building up to it, would form a key part of the legacy left by a Birmingham Games.
In addition to showcasing the best of UK industry and business to a global audience, Business Expo 2022 will create inter-connecting opportunities between Commonwealth nations and key global markets from the USA, Middle East, China and non-Brexit Europe.
Hollywood stars Julie Walters and David Harewood are joining with over 60 top sports stars to back Birmingham’s bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The stars highlight the city’s diversity and energy, ability to host major events, amazing crowd support and sporting facilities as key reasons to bring the Games to Birmingham.
The Queen’s Baton Relay visited Birmingham on Sunday 20 August. Counting down towards the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Baton’s visit is in recognition of Birmingham’s own Commonwealth Games ambitions as it bids for 2022.
Many of Birmingham’s iconic landmarks and showcase sports events featured in the Queen’s Baton Relay visit and there were opportunities for the public to see the Baton and Olympic and Paralympic medallists, Commonwealth Games Champions and World Champions escorting it.
Royal Leamington Spa’s Victoria Park, home of Bowls England and the English National Bowls Championships, has today been revealed as the Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls venue for Birmingham’s 2022 Bid.
Birmingham’s Victoria Square would transform into a sporting and cultural landmark for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, as the bid team unveils the city centre location as the venue for 3×3 Basketball and 3×3 Wheelchair Basketball.
This centrepiece of urban sport in the heart of the city will be enhanced by the Urban Street Festival, a key cultural component of Birmingham’s bid which underpins the vision of ‘heart of the UK and soul of the Commonwealth’, providing a Games that embraces youth and diversity.
One of the Midlands’ premier sports stadiums that successfully hosted Rugby World Cup fixtures for the 2015 Championship, Villa Park Stadium, with 42,700 seats and home to English Football League club Aston Villa, has been announced as the venue to host Rugby 7s, as part of Birmingham’s 2022 Commonwealth Games bid.