Alexander Stadium is an international athletics stadium located within Perry Park in Perry Barr, Birmingham, England, at grid reference . It has staged the Amateur Athletics Association Championships, and was the venue of the 1998 Disability World Athletics Championships. It hosted one England Monarchs game in 1998 with an attendance of 8,000. It frequently hosts the English Schools' Athletics Championships, alternating every few years with Gateshead. 2019 will be the last year the ESAA Championships will be held there due to its demolition and rebuild for the commonwealth games. It hosts the annual British Grand Prix and will be the main athletics venue of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
|Location||Perry Park, Perry Barr, Birmingham, England|
|Operator||Birmingham City Council|
Planned to expand to 40,000 for the Commonwealth Games
|Expanded||2011, (proposed 2019-2021)|
England Monarchs (NFL Europe) (1998)
The construction of the stadium began in 1975 and it opened in 1976. It is the home of Birchfield Harriers, one of the best known athletics clubs in the United Kingdom, replacing their former home at Alexander Sports Ground.
It has an eight-lane synthetic surface track with a ten lane straight. There are 7,000 covered seats in 3 separate stands called Main, Knowles (after Dick Knowles) and Nelson (after Doris Nelson Neal OBE) and a 5,000 seater main stand in the rear straight.
|Sporting events||12,700 (seated)|
|Live music events||Approx 20,000|
The stadium has held many music events, including a one-day festival called Party in the Park run by BRMB (now Free Radio Birmingham) radio that featured acts like Nelly Furtado, Westlife, Natasha Bedingfield, Blue, Sugababes, Girls Aloud and The Calling. The event was later moved to Cannon Hill Park where it was in a more central part of the city and so made it easier for people from south Birmingham to attend. This event, however, was later cancelled although it returned in 2010.
In 2011 Alexander Stadium underwent a £12.5 million expansion and refurbishment, including the building of a 5,000 seater stand opposite the current main stand. This took the capacity to 12,700. The new stand has also become home to the offices of UK Athletics.
Redevelopment for Commonwealth GamesEdit
On 25 December 2017, the Commonwealth Games Federation announced Birmingham as the host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The Alexander stadium will host athletics, opening and closing ceremonies of the Games. The stadium would undergo a renovation, with the stadium's capacity increased to 40,000 with 18,000 permanent seats. The renovated stadium is also set to include community sports facilities within the new stand, a permanent warm-up track and a new conference meeting space created to host business and cultural events. On 11 April 2018, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that £70 million (approx. USD $90 million) of investment will be earmarked to transform the stadium into a world-class athletics venue for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. British engineering and designing firm Arup was chosen by the Birmingham City Council to redesign the stadium. British construction firm Mace was chosen by the city council to manage the stadium renovation project.
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