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Stadium plan for Liverpool Commonwealth Games bid revealed

Stadium plan for Liverpool Commonwealth Games bid revealed

Liverpool has revealed its blueprint for hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games, with the main athletics stadium being built in Bramley Moor Dock. 
 
The city is up against Birmingham and several other potential bidders from around the Commonwealth to take the place of the original host city Durban, which pulled out for financial reasons.
 
The stadium will be built at a site recently acquired by Everton Football Club, which has been searching for a new home for many years due to the outdated nature of its current Goodison Park stadium. 
 
After staging the athletics events, the stadium will be converted for football use, a transformation that emulates past legacy projects in Manchester and London.
 
In Manchester, the City of Manchester Stadium used for the 2002 Commonwealth Games saw its running track ripped up and the venue was turned into a football venue for Manchester City, who moved across the city as new tenants. 
 
In London, the 2012 Olympic Stadium was downsized and is now the home of West Ham United. Unlike the Manchester project, it has retained its running track so the stadium can still stage athletics events. 
 
Goodison Park will be used in the Games if Liverpool wins the bid, staging boxing. Rugby sevens and the opening ceremony will take place at Liverpool Football Club's Anfield stadium, while a spectacular floating swimming arena will be moored near the Albert Dock. 
 
The Games would also use some Manchester venues, including the velodrome from the 2002 Games, while Twenty20 cricket would be played at Old Trafford.
 
Birmingham already has most of the venues in place, although a new velodrome would be built in Dudley and an aquatics centre in Wolverhampton.
 
Everton's past attempts to find a new stadium have included possible sites at the Albert Dock, outside the city in Kirkby and, most recently, at Walton Hall Park. The latest project has the full support of the city council as it will help the redevelopment of the northern docks area.  

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