Commonwealth Games here we come!

Commonwealth Games here we come!

10 Jan 2022


Each month, we’ll be writing a blog on the impact of the Commonwealth Games coming into our region. We’ll look at it through the lens of our economy, arts, culture and people.

This summer, our region will play host to the Commonwealth Games for the very first time in its history. Birmingham will be on the global stage – its landmarks, people, culture and everything else! Athletes, spectators and delegates will be arriving (Covid pending!) and joining locals to enjoy this once-in-generation event that at its heart brings communities together.

In the lead up to and during the Games, the “Birmingham 2022 Festival” will shine a spotlight on our cultural sector. There will be an array of artists, creatives and community-led projects that will reflect our region through exploring our heritage and highlighting our rich diversity and our brilliant young people!

With cranes in the sky and diggers on the ground, preparations are still continuing ahead of the Games officially starting.

Since Birmingham was confirmed as the host city, GBSLEP has worked with partners and stakeholders across the region and invested in the delivery of critical infrastructure as well as reinvigorating our public spaces. Importantly, the Commonwealth Games is also about legacy and our investments are important for the long-term prosperity of our communities.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the ways we have supported: 

  • £20 million through Local Growth Funding allocated into Alexander Stadium, the host stadium
  • £3.5 million into the new Perry Barr train and bus interchange
  • £4 million into University station (University of Birmingham is providing accommodation to athletes and officials)
  • £1.47 million into The REP Theatre’s Open House project to transform the building at the heart of Centenary Square

Along with the Growth Hub, we’ve also worked to ensure that local businesses can benefit from the opportunities around this major international event. This will continue into this year with sectors like food and drink manufacturing gearing up to share their produce with visitors from the around the world.

With so much to look forward to especially in the Queen’s Platinum Year, Birmingham is ready to take centre stage in 2022!


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