Treasury backs Birmingham’s Commonwealth bid
The UK Government has agreed to back Birmingham’s bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and guarantee costs that Press Association Sport understands could total £750 million.
Birmingham City Council will have to fund a quarter of that but the rest of the budget will be provided by central government. Earlier this month, an expert panel working on behalf of the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport recommended Birmingham’s pitch for the event over a bid from Liverpool.
That recommendation has now been approved, with Treasury backing, and Birmingham’s bid will be formally submitted by Commonwealth Games England to the Commonwealth Games Federation today.
The plan rests on a major upgrade of the Alexander Stadium, above, for the athletics and ceremonies.