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Good news for city as Birmingham named Commonwealth Games host

Published Thursday, 21 December 2017

Birmingham was today named host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Ricoh

The city's Ricoh Arena has already been named as one of the venues for the Games, with netball to be played at the Ericsson Indoor Arena.

Cllr Duggins said: “It is fantastic news that Birmingham has been named as host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

“Following on from Coventry being named UK City of Culture 2021, it shows what confidence there is in our region and all the hard work of recent years is now paying off to create a bright and exciting future.

“The next three years will see us build towards our year in the national spotlight and 2021 will be an amazing time for our city. Today’s news means the party will now continue into 2022.

“With the Ricoh Arena hosting netball, we now have not one, but two amazing years that will show everyone what a wonderful city we have and create something special for all who live, work and study here in Coventry.

“The effect of the Commonwealth Games will not just be felt in Birmingham, but by people here in Coventry and further afield, with the West Midlands welcoming sports stars and their supporters from around the world.

“We all saw the amazing effect of the 2012 Olympics when football matches were played at the Ricoh – and that left a legacy with our Ambassadors which is still helping our city today. The Games also bring many economic benefits, with increased tourism, hotel bookings, employment opportunities and so much more. Our year as City of Culture will put us in a great position to attract visitors and give them a stay to remember.

“Coventry has a reputation for being a sporting city and a welcoming, friendly city and we look forward to working with Birmingham and helping to host a successful and memorable Games.”

David Burbidge, Chairman of Coventry City of Culture Trust, said: “This is wonderful news that comes hot on the heels of Coventry being named UK City of Culture 2021.

“It means this region will have two years where the world’s spotlight will be on us and that is something we are all looking forward to.

“It’s testament to the way the region has come together over the past couple of years to submit such compelling bids for UK City of Culture and the Commonwealth Games and the real winners will be the people from right across this area.

“We have talked at length about the benefits that being UK City of Culture in 2021 will bring for Coventry, Warwickshire and the wider West Midlands and to couple that with the Commonwealth Games the year after means the legacy for this whole region will be huge.”‚Äč

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