The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games venue will host the athletics plus the opening and closing ceremonies
Plans detailing the design for the redevelopment of Alexander Stadium ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games have been published.
The release of the plans comes as a public consultation into the revamp begins.
The Perry Barr venue, which is the home of UK Athletics, will host the athletics plus the opening and closing ceremonies at the Games, set to take place from July 27 to August 7, 2022.
New artist impressions of the stadium have been released “revealing Birmingham City Council’s intentions to create a legacy asset the city and its residents can be truly proud of”.
The changes to the 40-year-old stadium, which currently hosts the British Championships and Diamond League events annually, will include an increase in permanent seating capacity from 12,700 to 18,000, allowing up to 40,000 during the Games through additional temporary seating.
The competition track will be re-laid and a six lane, 400m warm-up track will be built. A new western stand will replace the Main, Knowles and Nelson stands, while there will be new tiered seating to the north and south.
Other key features include the installation of new stadium lighting and a practice throwing field, improved public realm and parking provision and a new access road from the A453 Aldridge Road for event and maintenance use.
Cllr Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “We’re now in an exciting phase of the design process where we would like to share our plans for the future with the community and hear their thoughts.
“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.
“We are making lots of information and detail available, so I encourage as many people as possible to come along, have a look at the designs and provide their feedback.”
All consultation material is now live on the council’s Be Heard consultation website at www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/place/alexander-stadium
The deadline for providing feedback is 5pm on Friday July 12, 2019.