Printer Friendly

Just 100 days to go! OPINION IAN REID CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF BIRMINGHAM 2022 WRITES FOR THE MAIL...

Byline: IAN REID

TODAY is another special milestone on the countdown to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games as there are now just 100 days to go until our spectacular Opening Ceremony gets underway in the newly transformed Alexander Stadium.

ODAY is another special milestone on the countdown to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games as there are now just 100 days to go until our spectacular Opening Ceremony gets underway in the newly transformed Alexander Stadium.

It's hard to believe that the journey

It's hard to believe that the towards the Games, which started when the event was awarded to the city of Birmingham back in December 2017, is nearly over. And what a journey it has been!

journey towards the Games, which started when the event was awarded to the city of Birmingham back in December 2017, is nearly over. And what a journey it has been!

Organising a major sports event during a global pandemic has not been without its challenges but I am incredibly proud of my team for what they have achieved and very grateful to our partners for their unwavering support.

Organising a major sports event during a global pandemic has not been without its challenges but I am incredibly proud of my team for what they have achieved and very grateful to our partners for their unwavering support. One of those partners is Sandwell Council who have overseen the construction of the Sandwell Aquatics Centre. This is our only brand-new venue for the Games and so it has been a critical project and now, with a 100 days to go, we are delighted to announce that this venue is complete.

One of those partners is Sandwell Council who have overseen the construction of the Sandwell Aquatics Centre.

This is our only brand-new venue for the Games and so it has been a critical project and now, with a 100 days to go, we are delighted to announce that this venue is complete.

It is a truly superb facility which

It is a truly superb facility which will be in operation during every single one of our eleven days of sport, hosting swimming, Para swimming and diving too.

will be in operation during every single one of our eleven days of sport, hosting swimming, Para swimming and diving too. However, we know that this facility is really just on loan to us from the people of Smethwick, to whom it really belongs, as once the Games is over it will be converted into a community facility. We hope that local residents will be inspired by the magical sporting moments which we know will take place there this summer.

However, we know that this facility is really just on loan to us from the people of Smethwick, to whom it really belongs, as once the Games is over it will be converted into a community facility. We hope that local residents will be inspired by the magical sporting moments which we know will take place there this summer.

The Alexander Stadium, our other major construction project for Birmingham 2022, a venue which is almost unrecognisable from the one which occupied the site for so many years, is almost complete too, with temporary seating which will increase the capacity for the Games to 30,000, continuing to be added over the next few days. In fact, this week the stadium will host its first

The Alexander Stadium, our other major construction project for Birmingham 2022, a venue which is almost unrecognisable from the one which occupied the site for so many years, is almost complete too, with temporary seating which will increase the capacity for the Games to 30,000, continuing to be added over the next few days. In fact, this week the stadium will host its first athletics events since the PS72 million refurbishment and in a month's time it will once again host international athletics, with the Birmingham Diamond League being staged there on May 21.

athletics events since the PS72 million refurbishment and in a month's time it will once again host international athletics, with the Birmingham Diamond League being staged there on 21 May. Other elements of the Games are coming to fruition too. Just last month we launched the Birmingham 2022 Festival with Wondrous Stories, a fabulous free show which thousands of local people came together for, standing and sitting side by side looking on in awe as local artists and young people combined to deliver a world-class cultural experience. The Birmingham

We expect more people tickets as, with 100 days the Games tickets back more people tickets as, with 100 tickets have on

Other elements of the Games are coming to fruition too. Just last month we launched the Birmingham 2022 Festival with Wondrous Stories, a fabulous free show which thousands of local people came together for, standing and sitting side by side looking on in awe as local artists and young people combined to deliver a world-class cultural experience. The 2022 Festival is a six-month long celebration and showcase of the cultural magnificence of the West

Birmingham 2022 Festival is a six-month long celebration and showcase of the cultural

Midlands, and it includes 107 different community projects which have been supported by a special fund set up by Birmingham City Council, another of our partners, without whom these Games simply wouldn't be happening.

magnificence of the West Midlands, and it includes 107 different community projects which have been supported by a special fund set up by Birmingham City Council, another of our partners, without whom these Games simply wouldn't be happening.

We've always promised that the Games will be a celebration of the host city and region, showcasing local talent wherever possible, and that is a promise we are intent on keeping.

thousands to snap up to coincide to go, our gone back sale.

We've always promised that the Games will be a celebration of the host city and region, showcasing local talent wherever possible, and that is a promise we are intent on keeping. There are local artists, performers, dancers, designers and producers involved in not just the Festival, but also in our Opening and Closing Ceremonies and in the Festival Live sites which will be held in Birmingham city centre and seven of the city's suburbs. Thousands of local people have also been selected to be part of thousands to snap up to coincide to go until begin, our have gone sale.

There are local artists, performers, dancers, designers and producers involved in not just the Festival, but also in our Opening and Closing Ceremonies and in the Festival Live sites which will be held in Birmingham city centre and seven of the city's suburbs. Thousands of local people have also been selected to be part of the Commonwealth Collective, our army of volunteers who will help welcome the athletes and officials from 72 nations and territories, and the one million spectators who have already purchased tickets to watch the 286 sessions of sport and Para sport that we have on offer.

Collective, our army of volunteers who will help welcome the athletes and officials from 72 nations and territories, and the one million spectators who have already purchased tickets to watch the 286 sessions of sport and Para sport that we have on offer.

From today we expect thousands more people to snap up tickets as, to coincide with 100 days to go until the Games begin, our tickets have gone back on sale.

From today we expect thousands more people to snap up tickets as, to coincide with 100 days to go until the Games begin, our tickets have gone back on sale.

This final major release includes tickets for every single one of the 19 sports and eight Para sports we have on offer, so if you want to join the crowds cheering on the Commonwealth's best athletes, now's the time to secure your seat.

This final major release includes tickets for every single one of the 19 sports and eight Para sports we have on offer, so if you want to join the crowds cheering on the Commonwealth's best athletes, now's the time to secure your seat.

The Games has been a long time coming but whether it be during our school visits, our youth programme activity, our community roadshows,

The Games has been a long time coming but whether it be during our school visits, our youth programme activity, our community roadshows, our drop-in sessions or our visits to local parks, sports clubs and other organisations, we have felt the excitement and anticipation for this event continuing to build and we'll do everything possible to make sure that Birmingham can make the most of this moment in sporting history.

our drop-in sessions or our visits to local parks, sports clubs and other organisations, we have felt the excitement and anticipation for this event continuing to build and we'll do everything possible to make sure that Birmingham can make the most of this moment in sporting history.

"We expect thousands more people to snap up tickets as, to coincide with 100 days to go until the Games begin, our tickets have gone back on sale. of a which the our in Closing

CAPTION(S):

Baton for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games CJ Lloyd-Webley (front), from Erdington, who is one of the Community Batonbearers selected to carry the Queen's Baton for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
COPYRIGHT 2022 MGN Ltd.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2022 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Sport
Author:IAN REID
Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 19, 2022
Words:1568
Previous Article:Room with a view - in your wildest dreams! holidaymakers can enjoy taste of africa right here in midlands.
Next Article:Duo have brought top jobs into disrepute; TALK BACK.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2022 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters |