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Liverpool and Birmingham pass first Games test

Liverpool and Birmingham pass first Games test

Liverpool and Birmingham are both still on course to bid to bring the 2022 Commonwealth Games to Britain, after each of the cities passed a preliminary assessment of their suitability, vision and capacity to deliver a successful event with a lasting legacy. 

The first test was carried out with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) representatives, officials from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and an independent panel.

Both were found to have a "clear initial vision" of how to "leave a legacy for their city, the region and the UK".

Commenting on the findings, sports minister Tracy Crouch said: "I've been encouraged by the commitment and enthusiasm that both Birmingham and Liverpool have demonstrated so far in the process, but it will be crucial that their final plans demonstrate good value for money, how they would leave a lasting legacy and showcase the best of Britain."

Should either city see off competition from elsewhere in the Commonwealth, there will be a number of major construction projects required to provide the venues for the host city. 

If Birmingham hosts the games, it will already have many venues in place, such as the Barclaycard Arena and National Exhibition Centre, but the existing Alexandra Athletics Stadium would be substantially expanded to become a 40,000-seat arena. New venues such as an aquatics centre in Wolverhampton and a velodrome in Dudley would be built from scratch.

Should Liverpool win the bid, new developments will include a floating swimming arena moored in the Albert Dock. A new stadium for Everton Football club is already due to be constructed in Bramley Moore Dock, but it will be adapted for the athletics events.

The chance to host the 2022 Games came up after the original host city Durban was forced to withdraw for financial reasons. Birmingham had already been preparing a bid for the 2026 Games.

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