The Commonwealth Games Federation has confirmed this morning that Birmingham has won the right, for the first time, to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Birmingham, which was named ahead of Liverpool by the Government as the preferred city for the United Kingdom’s bid in August, won a competitive bid to replace Durban as the host city for 2022 Games and will finalise all competitions and venues in the coming months.
Given Edgbaston’s history of hosting major events, we would obviously love to play a part in hosting the Games and will continue our discussions with the local organising team as they begin finalising their plans.Neil Snowball
Warwickshire County Cricket Club’s Chief Executive, Neil Snowball, was part of Birmingham’s bid company and was delighted by today’s announcement.
“Today’s news is fantastic for Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region. The city has made huge strides in recent years and consistently proves itself as an outstanding destination for the biggest sporting events, as seen with the Rugby World Cup in 2015, the upcoming IAAF World Indoor Championships, and the many international fixtures and T20 Blast Finals Days that we host at Edgbaston.
“It’s the youngest city in Europe and is the most ethnically and culturally diverse major regional city in the UK. The recent multi-million-pound investments in infrastructure and regeneration make it the ideal host, and a city ready to grasp this once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase itself on the biggest stage and to create a lasting sporting legacy in the region.
“Given Edgbaston’s history of hosting major events, we would obviously love to play a part in hosting the Games and will continue our discussions with the local organising team as they begin finalising their plans.”