Birmingham has been chosen as the host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Birmingham 2022, which is expected to take place from 27 July – 7 August 2022, marks 20 years since Manchester 2002, the last time the Games were held in England. Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Louise Martin praised the city’s ambitious and innovative vision to engage and benefit its local community and showcase the best of global Britain.
She said: “We warmly congratulate Birmingham and England on today’s announcement – it is a defining moment for this truly Commonwealth city. With its rich history, cultural diversity, youthful dynamism and ambitious spirit, Birmingham embodies all that we cherish about the Commonwealth, and so the Commonwealth Sports Movement looks forward to collaborating with all the Games partners to showcase the city’s humanity and pride to a global audience over the coming months and years.
“The vast majority of the Games venues are in place, and with extensive experience in the UK of hosting successful major events – including Manchester 2002, London 2012 and Glasgow 2014 - the CGF looks forward to a truly spectacular Games that delivers not only for the 2.4 billion citizens across the Commonwealth but the wider world, too. Today is a fantastic day for Birmingham, global Britain and our resurgent Commonwealth Sports Movement.”
The event is projected to deliver £526 million in economic benefits and create thousands of jobs. Between 500,000 and one million additional visitors are expected to descend on Birmingham over the 11-day sporting event. The Games would support an average of 4,526 workers per year from 2018 to 2022.
Neil Rami, chief executive of the West Midlands Growth Company and member of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games bid committee, said: “This is the West Midlands’ moment to make its mark. Hot on the heels of Coventry’s City of Culture success, Birmingham winning the 2022 Commonwealth Games is another tremendous endorsement for the region, providing an unprecedented opportunity to showcase its recent resurgence and regeneration on an international stage.
Paul Thandi, chief executive of NEC Group, said: “It’s a brilliant early Christmas present to get confirmation today that Birmingham has been selected as host city. Host cities are required to demonstrate world-class sporting facilities and NEC Group is proud to be supplying four of our top venues across Birmingham and Solihull.
“This result is testament to our track record of delivering large-scale international sporting events and investing significantly into our venues to set us apart from our competitors. It also reflects the expertise and professionalism of our people.”
Nick Eastwood, group chief executive at the Ricoh Arena and Wasps, said: “We are delighted that the home of Superleague champions Wasps Netball is being given this once-in-a-lifetime chance to host the sport on a global stage for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022.
“I’d like to congratulate the city of Birmingham on their achievement, and we look forward to working with various partners to ensure we maximise this opportunity for the wider Midlands.”
Tamsin Greenway, Wasps director of netball and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, added: “Winning a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010 was a career highlight for me, so I cannot begin to describe my excitement that we will be hosting elite-level netball in Coventry in 2022.”