Birmingham City Council’s Planning Committee has approved proposals for the redevelopment of Alexander Stadium in the UK.

The latest development marks a key milestone in the preparations for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

As part of the £72m regeneration plan, the stadium located at Walsall Road, Perry Barr, is set to become a venue for diverse sporting, leisure, community and cultural events in the future.

The stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, as well as athletics during the 11-day event, which will welcome 6,500 athletes and officials from 71 countries and territories.

After the completion of the redevelopment, the permanent seating capacity of the stadium will increase from the existing 12,700 to 18,000. It will allow more than 30,000 during the games through additional temporary seating.

Post-games, Alexander Stadium will be at the centre of a regenerated Perry Barr, which will receive an investment of more than £500m in the coming years.

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The redeveloped Alexander Stadium is set to host tenants, including the Birchfield Harriers Athletics Club and Birmingham City University.

In addition, the approved design will facilitate the temporary ‘Games overlay’ elements and additional infrastructure required specifically to deliver the 2022 Games.

West Midlands Deputy Mayor Bob Sleigh said: “The West Midlands Combined Authority was pleased to contribute funding towards the redevelopment of the Alexander Stadium as not only will it provide a world-class sporting arena at the heart of our region, it meets our aim of encouraging economic growth, creating jobs and improving the health of citizens.”

The renovated stadium will feature a new western stand replacing the Main, Knowles and Nelson stands, new tiered seating to the north and south, a new 400m six-lane warm-up track and an upgraded IAAF Category 1 track.

Other key features will include improved public realm and parking provisions, with additional landscaping and signage, new stadium lighting and practice throwing field, as well as a new access road from A453 Aldridge Road.

Construction of the new stand is expected to start this year, with completion set to take place late next year.