Development of Alexander Stadium
In December 2017 the Commonwealth Games Federation announced Birmingham as the host city for the Commonwealth Games 2022.
A key component of the successful bid and therefore the games programme will be the development of Alexander Stadium. Based in Perry Barr, the Stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies along with the athletics competition, the blue riband event of the Games. Alexander Stadium currently consists of 12,700 permanent seats housed in four stands.
The Back Straight Stand built in 2011 with a capacity of 5,000 will remain for the games period. The remaining three stands (Knowles, Main & Nelson) will be demolished and rebuilt for the games.
The construction of a new stand will increase the permanent capacity post games to 18,000. For the games period, temporary structures will be put in to create a 30,000 seat stadium for the opening, closing ceremonies and athletics competition.
In addition, to the construction of a new stand, a 400m, six-lane outdoor practice running track will be permanently housed at the High Performance Centre on site and will form part of the legacy of the games.
Proposals for the redevelopment were submitted to Birmingham City Council's planning department for consideration on 10 October 2019. It is anticipated a final decision will be take on the proposals by the city council’s Planning Committee in early 2020.
Subject to planning approval, construction of the new stand will commence in spring 2020, with completion in late 2021 ahead of test events for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The design, now being consulted upon, will also facilitate the temporary ‘Games overlay’ elements and additional infrastructure needed to deliver the 2022 Games.
Key features of the revamped stadium include:
- A new western stand replacing the Main, Knowles and Nelson stands
- New tiered seating to the north and south
- A new 400m 6-lane warm up track and re-laying of a new IAAF Category 1 track (400m 9-lane competition standard track)
- Improved public realm and parking provision, with additional landscaping and signage
- Installation of new stadium lighting and practice throwing field
- A new access road from A453 Aldridge Road (to be used for event/maintenance use only)
Permission to begin demolition of the three west stands was approved by Birmingham City Council’s planning department in August 2019 and early works have now begun.