Hosting the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will have a huge positive impact on the West Midlands
Home to more than 187 nationalities, Birmingham 2022 will be a home Games for every nation. As we welcome athletes, coaches, visitors and friends from across the world, the region will showcase what makes the West Midlands so special.
Already a city enjoying huge transformation, the Games will accelerate new housing for Birmingham’s growing population. The new Athletes Village in Perry Barr will require 3,000 contractors as well as 300 apprentices. This development will create 1,400 new homes and forms part of a longer-term programme to deliver 5,000 homes in the area.
The new Sandwell Aquatics Centre will also provide opportunities for trainees and increase demand for skilled trades as the new facility is constructed ahead of the Games. Alexander Stadium will also see redevelopment works to increase capacity from 12,700, to 40,000 during Games time. Increased seating will remain following the Games.
For every £1 invested in the Games, a three-fold return is predicted. New trade and investment opportunities will be facilitated through a special business programme at a time when intra-Commonwealth trade is expected to surpass $1 trillion.
At the Glasgow 2014 Games, more than £650 million worth of tier one contracts were available. Over three quarters of those contracts went to local and regional companies.
When the celebrations begin at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, there will be around 1.5 million spectators globally, 10,000 volunteers and 6,600 athletes. With many extending their stay, there will be opportunities everywhere from hospitality and catering, to retail and entertainment.
With new sporting facilities and improved transport, the Games will leave a historic mark on the region with lasting benefits to commerce and community.