Designs unveiled for Alexander Stadium redevelopment in Birmingham, UK
June 26, 2019 – Birmingham City Council has unveiled designs for the redevelopment of Alexander Stadium in Birmingham to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Alexander Stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies along with other athletics programmes.
As part of the redevelopment plan, the permanent seating capacity of the stadium will be increased from 12,700 to 18,000, allowing up to 40,000 spectators during the Commonwealth Games through additional temporary seating.
The key features of the plan include replacing the Main, Knowles and Nelson stands with new western stand. New tiered seating will be added to the north and south of the stadium. A new 400m, six-lane warm up track and re-laying of new IAAF Category 1 track (400m nine-lane competition standard track) will also be added.
Furthermore, public realm and parking provision will be improved with additional landscaping and signage. New stadium lighting and practice throwing field will be installed.
New access road from A453 Aldridge Road will be built, which will be used for event/maintenance only.
Birmingham City Council stated that the design will facilitate temporary ‘Games overlay’ elements and additional infrastructure needed to deliver the 2022 Games. Further details about Games overlay will be revealed at a later date.
Demolition of the present west stand within the stadium is subject to a separate application which will be submitted to city council in this summer.
Subject to receiving planning permission, the redeveloped stadium is expected to be ready before the Games can take place between 27 July and 7 August 2022.
Birmingham City Council Leader, Councillor Ian Ward said: “We’re now in an exciting phase of the design process where we would like to share our plans for the future with the community and hear their thoughts.
“The team has designed a redeveloped stadium which will meet the needs and aspirations of the community for generations to come. This is about creating a destination venue, shaping a legacy beyond the Commonwealth Games.
“We are making lots of information and detail available, so I encourage as many people as possible to come along, have a look at the designs and provide their feedback.”