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19 Jun 2017
Liverpool plans new facilities for Commonwealth Games bid

New facilities including the stadium being planned for Premier League football club Everton FC and a proposed 50 metre swimming pool are at the heart of Liverpool’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Liverpool unveiled its bid for the Games promising to invest £1bn (US$1.3bn, €1bn) to transform the city, specifically the Bramley-Moore Dock waterfront area where the football stadium will be built.

The stadium – designed by Meis Architects and expected to be built by 2020 – will accommodate a temporary track to host all the athletics competitions.

The swimming pool would be built permanently and “provide a swimming and visitor attraction legacy” for the city.

Neighbouring north-west city Manchester is also contributing to the bid, although the Games would primarily take place in Liverpool if the campaign is successful.

Manchester’s Old Trafford Cricket Ground and Manchester Velodrome are being lined up to host T20 cricket and sprint cycling respectively.

Already constructed facilities earmarked for use within Liverpool include the 11,000-capacity Arena and Convention Centre, Anfield Stadium, St George’s Hall, Goodison Park and Stanley Park.

A new £5.5bn (US$7bn, €6.3bn) residential area being built next to Everton’s prospective stadium will house the Athletes’ Village.

Aside from infrastructure already being built, the total cost of hosting the Games will be £672m (US$860.6m, €768.4m) according to Liverpool City Council. The local authority will contribute a quarter (£137m, US$175.4m, €156.7m) of the public sector fund, which is expected to be £547m (US$700.3m, €625.5m).

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said the city was experiencing a “renaissance” and that the Games would “transform the economic fortunes” of its waterfront area.

“Our vision for the Games brings together ambitious new sporting facilities on the historic waterfront, with the existing world-class stadia revered by sports fans and athletes across the globe,” he added.

“This combination makes for a bid that I think is very hard for anyone to match in terms of ambition, creativity and sustainability and would result in a transformational Games that would make Britain proud.”

In April, the government threw its weight behind a Commonwealth Games bid for 2022 after original host Durban, South Africa pulled out. A UK bid for the event looks certain after being referenced in the Conservative Party manifesto ahead of this month’s General Election.

Birmingham is also preparing to lodge a bid for the Games.


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16 Oct 2017
Harmsworth receives ISPA Visionary Award
Sue Harmsworth, chair and founder of ESPA International, was awarded the ISPA Visionary Award this morning (16 October) at the International Spa Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas.
16 Oct 2017
ISPA attendees donate to Las Vegas first responders
Delegates at the ISPA conference at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas have started collecting donations for those who were first to respond to the worst mass shooting in modern US history.
16 Oct 2017
Bounce founder named top franchisor at Best Business Women Awards
Kimberlee Perry, founder of trampolining fitness group Bounce, has been named as the UK’s Best Franchisor at the Best Business Women Awards 2017.
16 Oct 2017
Eddie The Eagle to open SIBEC EU 2017
Ski jumper Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards has been announced as the keynote speaker for SIBEC EU in Spain next month.
16 Oct 2017
Nygren, Jacobs, Bach, Moorefield, Schwartzberg honoured at Global Wellness Summit
Top industry leaders were honoured at the Global Wellness Summit held last week at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.
09 Oct 2017
Location revealed for Spatec Europe 2018
Details have been revealed of the 12th edition of Spatec Europe, to be held from 20 to 23 June 2018.
05 Oct 2017
New degree in theme park design to be launched as SATE kicks off in Los Angeles
A new degree dedicated to experience design and themed entertainment is being launched today at the launch of the latest SATE (storytelling, architecture, technology and experience) conference in Los Angeles, California.
04 Oct 2017
Bob Rogers reveals lineup for 2017 IAAPA Legends Panel
Some of the attractions industry’s brightest minds will come together next month for an open panel discussion about the creative process and challenges involved with turning the world’s most popular IPs into real-life places.
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