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Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games stadium plans revealed

Artists impression of Birmingham's Alexander Stadium Image copyright Birmingham City Council

New designs showing how Birmingham's Alexander Stadium will be transformed for the 2022 Commonwealth Games have been revealed.

The venue in Perry Barr will host the opening and closing ceremonies as well as athletics events.

A public consultation into the revamp, which includes a new stand, more tiered seating and extra parking, has begun.

Birmingham City Council said it wanted to "create a legacy asset the city and its residents can be truly proud of".

Capacity will be increased permanently from 12,700 to 18,000, with up to 40,000 during the Games through additional temporary seating.

A six lane, 400m warm-up track will be built and an International Association of Athletics Federations 400m competition track re-laid.

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Image caption The stadium will be the home of athletics during the games

An access road from the A453 Aldridge Road will also be built, solely for event and maintenance use.

Councillor Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: "The team has designed a redeveloped stadium which will meet the needs and aspirations of the community for generations to come.

"This is about creating a destination venue, shaping a legacy beyond the Commonwealth Games."

Birmingham was named as the host city for the games in December 2017.

This will be the third time the Commonwealth Games has been held in Britain since the turn of the century, after Manchester and Glasgow staged the event in 2002 and 2014 respectively.

The Games are expected to take place between 27 July and 7 August 2022.

The deadline for feedback on public consultation is 12 July.

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Image caption The leader of Birmingham City Council said the new stadium is about "building a legacy" beyond the games

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