Commonwealth Games 2022: Athletes will no longer use athletes' village in Perry Barr

The Chief Executive for the Commonwealth Games has described the decision to not use the athletes' village in Perry Barr in 2022 as "something out of our control".

Commonwealth Games organisers announced on Tuesday (August 11) that the athletes' village in Perry Barr for the 2022 Commonwealth Games will not be used by the athletes. 

The £500m project, being built by Birmingham City Council, will still go ahead but Covid -19 has delayed the project. 

A Games spokesperson told ITV News Central that athletes will instead use three university campuses, student accommodation and facilities at the NEC. 

Birmingham 2022 teams have confirmed that athletes and team officials will be housed in three ‘campus’ villages close to competition venues. These are at The University of Birmingham, The University of Warwick, and The NEC Hotel Campus.

- 1,600 athletes and officials will be housed at the NEC Hotel Campus

- 1,900 housed at The University of Warwick, and the principal village with 2,800 at The University of Birmingham

- the three-site campus model will be delivered within the overall Games budget of £778m.

- The Perry Barr Regeneration Scheme work will continue.

Officials say the decision has been made after a "review of the construction programme" in the light of the pandemic. They say the Games will be delivered on time - and on budget.  

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Commonwealth Games Australia, who will be handing over the event baton to Birmingham in 2022 said:

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