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NEC in Solihull to house 1,600 athletes at the 2022 Commonwealth Games




Birmingham 2022 CEO Ian Reid claimed that Solihull could become a “real positive center” of the Commonwealth Games as he confirmed that 1,600 athletes and officials would be housed in the borough’s National Exhibition Center (NEC).

The athletes and officials will be housed in hotels on the NEC complex after plans for the Birmingham 2022 Athletes’ Village were scrapped in August.

An investigation into the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on construction showed that the project could not be delivered on time.

Boxing, badminton, netball, table tennis and weightlifting were already on the program at the NEC in Solihull.

“We mainly use the hotel accommodation around the lake and the NEC campus,” said Reid, as reported by Birmingham Mail.

“This of course provides us with enormous benefits in terms of delivery.

“It simplifies the transportation requirements of those athletes who also participate.

“It’s a really exciting opportunity to create a really positive hub here in Solihull as part of the Games.”

The use of Solihull sports facilities as training camps and bases is also a possibility, with Tudor Grange Leisure Center being one of the locations under consideration.

Ian Reid, CEO of Birmingham 2022, claimed that Solihull was a
Birmingham 2022 CEO Ian Reid claimed that Solihull could become a “truly positive hub” for the Commonwealth Games. Getty Images

The 500 million ($ 664 million / 560 million) athletes village was to be built on the former Birmingham City University site in Perry Barr and would provide accommodation for 6,500 athletes and team officials.

Instead, along with the 1,600 athletes and officials who will be housed at the NEC, 1,900 will be housed at the University of Warwick.

Approximately 2,800 athletes and officials will also be based in the main village at the University of Birmingham.

The decision to move away from a single site followed an assessment by the project delivery team, who worked with the construction supply chain, and with independent experts, on how to reduce risk to the Games.

With a shorter than normal period until the opening of the 2022 Games in Birmingham, the Athletes’ Village had very little room to withstand the pandemic’s delay in construction.

The Perry Barr regeneration schedule, with new housing and transportation infrastructure, will continue to be delivered.

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