#BrumBid2022: Birmingham’s bid for the Commonwealth Games
We love a bit of sport here in Birmingham. Every year we welcome teams from across the globe, and thousands of their supporters, to take part in the world’s best and biggest sporting events.
From athletics to cricket, tennis to rugby, Birmingham has hosted them all... Sitting at the heart of the UK, and standing for the diversity of the Commonwealth, Birmingham is a perfect choice to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The Games will strengthen perceptions of Birmingham as a destination to visit and enjoy sports and culture – Birmingham welcomed a record 39 million visitors in 2016, including 1.1 million international visitors.
The additional profile that the Games offers will allow us to showcase our tourism offering and promote the many and varied reasons to visit the city.
Latest #BrumBid2022 News:
Birmingham 2022 shares 22 reasons why it is time to Bring the Games to Birmingham
The Queen’s Baton Relay visited Birmingham on Sunday 20 August. Counting down towards the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Baton’s visit was in recognition of Birmingham’s own Commonwealth Games ambitions.Many of Birmingham’s iconic landmarks and showcase sports events featured in the Queen’s Baton Relay’s visit and there were opportunities for the public to see the Baton and Olympic and Paralympic medallists, Commonwealth Games Champions and World Champions. You can read more about the Baton visit here.
Sir Mo Farah Backs #BrumBid2022
Sir Mo Farah has publically backed Birmingham's Bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, saying he loves the crowds in the city. The World, European and British record holder backed the bid before competing in his final track event in the UK, here in Birmingham.
Royal Leamington Spa’s Victoria Park, home of Bowls England and the English National Bowls Championships, has been revealed as the Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls venue for Birmingham’s 2022 Bid. The royal titled town’s international standard greens are the annual home of the National Bowls Championships and have hosted two women’s World Bowls Championships, in 1996 and 2004. The competition venue will have capacity for 3,300 spectators. You can read more about this here.
Birmingham’s Victoria Square would transform into a sporting and cultural landmark for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, as the bid team unveils the city centre location as the venue for 3x3 Basketball and 3x3 Wheelchair Basketball. Set against the historic backdrop of the Council House and Town Hall, 3x3 Basketball in the open-air of Victoria Square, will showcase the city as well as the youngest Commonwealth Games sport. This centrepiece of urban sport in the heart of the city will be enhanced by the Urban Street Festival, a key cultural component of Birmingham’s bid which underpins the vision of ‘heart of the UK and soul of the Commonwealth’, providing a Games that embraces youth and diversity. You can read more about this here.
Rugby 7s is a fantastic showcase of sport, demonstrating energy, skill and passion, with both players and fans actively engaging in the game. As one of the Midlands’ premier sports stadiums that successfully hosted Rugby World Cup fixtures for the 2015 Championship, Villa Park Stadium, with 42,700 seats and home to English Football League club Aston Villa, was the obvious choice for hosting Rugby 7s, as part of Birmingham’s 2022 Commonwealth Games bid. Villa players cannot wait to see the Games come to Birmingham. You can read more about this here
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