Construction delay for main Birmingham 2022 venue
The main arena to be used at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in England will not be ready until three months before the start of the event, it has emerged.
The Alexander Stadium, a multi-purpose venue currently undergoing a revamp worth £72 million ($90 million), will not open until 1 April, 2022, according to local media. The opening ceremony is on 28 July.
The initial timeline, signed off by the games’ organisers, had called for the stadium revamp, which includes substantially increasing its capacity, adding an athletics track, and increasing the parking available, completed by late-2021.
Including temporary seating, the Alexander Stadium will have a total capacity of 40,000 by the time of the Commonwealth Games.
Birmingham City Council has now said that 1 April, 2022 represents the stadium’s “practical completion date”, and from that point on, the games' organising committee will have “exclusive use of the site.”
The council added that the stadium was "on schedule and on budget."
There have already been delays in starting the construction of the Athletes’ Village because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
That build is set to cost £584 million, and has now been given a completion date of 31 March, 2022, which was originally the date it was meant to be handed over to the organising committee.
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games are budgeted to cost £778 million ($986 million) in total, and while 75 per cent of those costs will be met by central government, local authorities and councils will have to make up the rest.