Olympic 1500m silver medallist, Laura Muir, and double Paralympic gold medallist, Kadeena Cox, have made a special visit to the Alexander Stadium to see for themselves the progress being made on the redevelopment of the venue ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Both athletes used the visit to announce that they intend to compete at the major multi-sport event next summer.
Muir, who will be representing Scotland, as she did at the 2014 edition of the Games, is determined to win a Commonwealth medal and is pleased to have the opportunity to do so in a British city where she’s previously seen success.
Laura said: “I would absolutely love to compete at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. It provides me with another opportunity to represent Scotland and it will mean coming back to compete in a city where I was fortunate enough to have won silver and bronze medals at the World Indoor Championships at Arena Birmingham three years ago. I’d love to win gold for Scotland next summer.”
Commenting on the redevelopment of the Alexander Stadium since she last competed there, Laura added: “I can’t believe this is the same stadium! The transformation is amazing, and it is fantastic that we now have this incredible revamped athletics facility in Birmingham. I can’t wait to compete here and to be able to do that in front of a huge crowd, packed with British fans will make this the Games a very, very special occasion.”
Kadeena Cox, who had to withdraw from the Gold Coast edition of the Games in 2018 because of injury, will be targeting the T38 100m at Birmingham 2022 and is also looking forward to competing in a packed stadium once more:
“What I love about the Commonwealth Games is that all of the Para sports are integrated into the main sports programme, so we get to come together as one big team competing on the same stage. I know Team England will be looking to win as many medals as possible at this home Games, and with a noisy, passionate crowd to inspire us once more, I’m sure the atmosphere will be fantastic.”
The main ticket ballot for Birmingham 2022 opened earlier in the month and organisers are extremely pleased with the number of applications received so far.
Matt Kidson, Director of Sport, for Birmingham 2022 said: “The appetite to come and attend the Games is obvious and we are seeing a huge demand for tickets which is providing the whole team with a massive boost.
“Sports like athletics, cycling, swimming and gymnastics are proving to be particularly popular, so if people do want to see these sports, I’d urge them to consider carefully which sessions they want to apply for, so that you can improve their chances of securing tickets.
“A MULTI-SPORT EVENT IS A FANTASTIC CHANCE TO FALL IN LOVE WITH A NEW SPORT”
“I’d also encourage everyone to think about applying for a sport they’ve never seen before. We’ve got 19 sports and eight Para sports on the programme including boxing, badminton, squash, judo and table tennis, all of which are full of drama and incredibly exciting to watch. A multi-sport event is a fantastic chance to fall in love with a new sport and to witness sporting history being made.”
As well as applying for tickets for the 286 sessions of sport, tickets for the Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony are also up for grabs and both of these special events will be held in the newly transformed Alexander Stadium, which will see temporary seating installed alongside the giant new stand, to increase the capacity to around 30,000 for games time.
Cllr John O’Shea, Cabinet Member for Street Scene and Parks at Birmingham City Council, who own the stadium and are overseeing the redevelopment said: “It is a delight to have been able to welcome Laura and Kadeena to see the progress being made on the Alexander Stadium ahead of next summer. They are two of the world’s leading athletes and it will be great to see them in action in front of thousands of fans during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
“There are plenty of chances to come and see the revamped Stadium in the heart of Perry Park during the Games itself – from the Opening and Closing Ceremonies right through to the packed programme of athletics and Para athletics action.
“As the Proud Host City, it is an honour to be preparing the stage for the Games by delivering a world-class Alexander Stadium. Now is the time to enter the ballot to be in with a chance to get tickets to events being held at all of the Games venues, so you can say you were there.”