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Alexander Stadium redevelopment receives approval

Alexander Stadium, Birmingham

Birmingham City Council’s planning committee has approved plans to redevelop Alexander Stadium for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The £72 million plan will see the stadium become a high-quality venue for diverse sporting, leisure, community and cultural events.

The stadium’s permanent seating capacity will increase from 12,700 to 18,000, allowing more than 30,000 during the games through additional temporary seating.

The venue will initially host the opening and closing ceremonies and the athletics during the 11-day event. 

After the games, it will be at the centre of a regenerated Perry Barr, which will receive more than £500 million investment. This is expected to provide new housing, improved transport and related upgrades to infrastructure and public space.

The stadium will also become a focal point for a range of leisure, health, wellbeing and community activities for local residents and the wider general public, said the council.

Key features of the new stadium will 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; and
  • A new access road from A453 Aldridge Road (to be used for event/maintenance use only).

Bob Sleigh, deputy mayor of the West Midlands, said: “The West Midlands Combined Authority was pleased to contribute funding towards the redevelopment of the Alexander Stadium as not only will it provide a world-class sporting arena at the heart of our region, it meets our aim of encouraging economic growth, creating jobs and improving the health of citizens.

“We are also investing in train, bus, tram and cycle routes across the whole region, which will not only meet the public transport needs for Birmingham 2022, but also serve the people of the West Midlands for years to come.”

The construction of the new stand will begin in spring and finish in late 2021. Test events will follow in preparation for the 2022 games. 

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