Major revamp for host venue for Birmingham Games

Birmingham City Council has approved plans for the redevelopment of the host venue for the opening and closing ceremonies for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Alexander Stadium
Alexander Stadium

Alexander Stadium is a key venue for the Commonwealth Games as well as the wider regeneration of Perry Barr. The £72m plan will see the stadium become a high-quality venue for diverse future sporting, leisure, community and cultural events.

The stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the athletics events during the 11-day event which features 6,500 athletes and officials from 71 nations and territories.

Key features of the revamped stadium include:

  • Seating.
    There will be increased permanent seating capacity from 12,700 to 18,000 allowing more than 30,000 during the Games through additional temporary seating.
    A new western stand will replace the Main, Knowles and Nelson stands, and there will be new tiered seating to the north and south.

  • a new 400m six-lane warm up track.

  • the re-laying of a new IAAF Category 1 track (400m nine-lane competition standard track).

  • a practice throwing field.

  • The project will also include an improved public realm and parking provision, with additional landscaping and signage, and the installation of new stadium lighting.


Construction of the new stand will commence this spring, with completion in late 2021. This will be followed by test events ahead of the Games.


After the games the stadium will be at the centre of a regenerated Perry Barr. The area will receive more than £500m of investment in the coming years, which also includes new housing, improved transport and related upgrades to infrastructure and public space.