The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has issued a policy paper to report on the highlights and immediate impacts of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The people of Birmingham and the West Midlands gave an exceptional welcome to the Games, including the fans who gathered to see the ‘Raging Bull’ in Centenary Square; the thousands who lined the streets for the marathon and road cycling; and the brilliant scenes of celebration seen at the Festival Sites across the region.
The significant core public investment in the Games of £778 million has accelerated investment and regeneration in Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond. The infrastructure improvements included in the paper are:
- Alexander Stadium: transforming the existing stadium for the Games and communities.
- Sandwell Aquatics Centre: a brand new, world-class facility for elite and community swimming and diving.
- Amplifying ongoing investments in Perry Barr: including the refurbishment of the train station, wider transport improvements and the creation of up to 5,000 new homes supported by over £150 million investment by the UK government
The Games will leave a lasting physical legacy for the people of Birmingham and the West Midlands. The Games has brought the brand-new aquatics centre to Sandwell, leaving a state-of-the-art community leisure facility for use by local people from spring 2023. The Alexander Stadium has been transformed into a world-class athletics venue, designed with a permanent capacity of 18,000 post Games. In addition, investment into Cannock Chase has created a brand new, world-class mountain biking trail (‘Perry’s Trail’) that will be available for the public to use long after the Games has finished, alongside an innovative bike play facility focused on young families and children. These venues have been built and improved with accessibility in mind so they can be enjoyed by all, and they will provide community and elite sports facilities post-Games. The improvements will help support the West Midlands and UK to secure more major events in the years to come.
It also highlights how Birmingham 2022 delivered some important Commonwealth Games firsts:
- Delivery in a record 4.5 years.
- Sold the most tickets of any Games held in the UK.
- The biggest integrated para sport programme in Commonwealth Games history.
- The first ever Social Value Charter, which took into account the wider economic, social and environmental effects.
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An independent evaluation is being undertaken into the economic, social and environmental impact of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. An evaluation report focussing on Games delivery will be published later in 2022, and another report capturing the post-Games legacy impacts will be published in late 2023.