It was confirmed last month that the Commonwealth Games would be held in Birmingham in 2022, and that Birmingham would be spreading the sporting events across three other Midlands areas including Coventry. It was announced that the Ricoh Arena, home of the Wasps, would be hosting the netball preliminary and final rounds, as well as Leamington Spa hosting the bowls events at the Commonwealth Games.
The Commonwealth Games coming to Coventry is a massive step to Coventry’s popularity not just in the UK but in the world, after having already won awards like the UK City of Culture in 2021 and European City of Sport 2019. With all three of these achievements commencing in the next few years, Coventry is looking to establish themselves on a more international stage, with the Commonwealth Games and the European City of Sport 2019 both certain to bring sports fans from all over the world to Coventry. There hasn’t been this much anticipation for sport in Coventry, since the Ricoh Arena hosted a few venues for The London Olympics in 2012.
With this announcement in place, it was declared that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, will be providing £8.5 million to raise funds for Coventry’s after the success of the City of Culture bid in 2021. This funding is going towards supporting refurbishments to the Belgrade Theatre auditorium and the Cathedral Quarter in time for the Commonwealth games. Coventry council believes that this funding will benefit the whole of the West Midlands. The Councillor of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council also, stated that “Coventry 2021 and Birmingham 2022 are set to benefit the whole of the West Midlands by raising the profile of the region, boosting the economy and enhancing local pride.”
Coventry’s inclusion in the Commonwealth games in 2022 has also played a significant part in the city’s nomination for ‘Council of the Year’ by highlighting its successes in gaining key titles such as UK City of Culture 2021 and European City of Sport 2019, as well as being a host city for the Commonwealth Games in 2022. The titles are set to provide a massive economic and cultural boost to the city.
Locals in Coventry have been itching to hear new developments about the Ricoh Arena for the Commonwealth Games and to find out more, I spoke to a couple Coventry residents to discuss their expectations of the games and how it could impact the city. Be sure to check this out above.
For more information on different venues for the Commonwealth Games or further developments leading up to the games, check out the link, https://www.birmingham2022.com
Written and Produced by Kadeem Whynn.