What the Commonwealth Games 2022 would mean for Birmingham

How big is the Commonwealth Games?

The Commonwealth is association of independent nations spread over every continent and ocean.

Covering almost a third of the world’s population (around 2.4 billion people), the Commonwealth incorporates a diverse mix of people from different religions, ethnicities and languages.

First held in 1930 and taking place every four years, the Commonwealth Games is an international sporting event designed to celebrate the wellbeing of people living inside the Commonwealth and to encourage education through sport development and physical recreation.

70 nations take part in the tournament, providing a total of around 5,000 athletes competing in more than 15 different sports and more than 250 events.

Also known as ‘the friendly games’, the Commonwealth Games is seen as a way up-and-coming athletes announce themselves on the world stage.

More than 1.5 billion people watch the opening ceremony in Glasgow three years ago. Credit: PA

How many people watch the Commonwealth Games on TV?

During the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, the global TV audience topped 1.5 billion.

Around 9 million people from the UK tuned in to watch the opening ceremony.

Which venues will be used for Birmingham 2022?

Birmingham 2022 will involve 20 sports taking place across 15 venues.

As it stands, only one venue is yet to be built - The New Sandwell Aquatics Centre.

See the map below for a full guide on venues and sports:

The NEC could host 4 events during the Games Credit: ITV Central

How will the Games affect Birmingham and the West Midlands?

Hosting the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham is likely to have a hugely positive impact on the city and the wider West Midlands region.

When Glasgow hosted the Games back in 2014, the event attracted around 690,000 visitors, generating an extra £100 million to the city’s economy.

Visitors spent an average of £98 a day during the event, supporting thousands of restaurants, bars and hotels across Glasgow and Scotland.

Hotel occupancy in the Glasgow is thought to have reached 95% during the 2 weeks of the event.

What’s more, the economic benefits start a long time before the Games.

For Glasgow, the economic boost began in 2007, when it was announced as the 2014 host. Over the next seven years the build up to the Games generated an extra £390 million to the city’s economy and supported around 1,200 jobs a year.