Birmingham Council bids for 2026 Commonwealth Games

Birmingham City Council has announced it has joined the bidding to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

City council leader John Clancy said Birmingham was a ‘fantastic sporting city’, hosting major events including The Ashes and the Rugby World Cup.

The Council has launched a feasibility study and has claimed that the event could generate over £390 million for the region.

Other places expected to be in the running include Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea and Edmonton in Canada. Liverpool City Council is also planning to bid.

Clancy commented: "We have proven ourselves to be warm, welcoming and friendly hosts to a number of international events in recent years.

"In addition to the huge economic impact, these events showcase the very best of our city and wider region to the world."

Venues that could be used to host events include Villa Park, the Alexander Stadium, Edgbaston Cricket Ground, the NEC and the Genting Arena.

Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, added: "Birmingham is a city with a fantastic sporting pedigree.

"The Commonwealth Games transformed Manchester in 2002 and did the same for Glasgow in 2014, so it's no surprise that Birmingham is interested in hosting the Games in 2026."

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