Birmingham has been named as the English candidate in the bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Judges from the Commonwealth Federation visited both cities last month, and decided that Birmingham’s bid, which is centred around upgrading the Alexander Stadium to a 40,000-capacity venue, had more merit than Liverpool’s, the main venue at which would have been the proposed Everton stadium at Bramley Moore Dock.
Joe Anderson, Liverpool’s city mayor, tweeted: “Liverpool has lost its bid to host Commonwealth Games 2022. Thanks to my team #proud. Congratulations and good luck Birmingham – wish you well.”
The bid team was chaired by former Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick. A study by advisor Deloitte released last week said the Games could deliver an economic impact of £1bn to the region.
Sean Beech, partner at Deloitte, told Place North West: “It’s obviously disappointing news for the city and region – I’m sure if Liverpool had won everybody would have got behind it, and our study showed he range of benefits it could have brought.
“Joe’s been very gracious, and I think it’s important we all get behind Birmingham, as there’s no guarantee England will win. At least we have clarity rather than a drawn-out process, and now other plans such as the stadium and cruise terminal can move forward now.”