Liverpool reveals Commonwealth Games construction plans

Liverpool reveals Commonwealth Games construction plans

Liverpool has revealed details of its construction plans should the city win the right to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. 
 
The city has announced its desire to host the event after the original hosts Durban withdrew, and faces competition from Birmingham as well as other cities from around the Commonwealth.
 
A centrepiece of the project will be the athletics stadium, which will be built in the Bramley Moor Dock. This site is currently derelict, but has already been earmarked as the site for Everton to build a new stadium, ending the club's long quest for a new home to replace its outdated Goodison Park ground. 
 
The project will see the stadium being built for athletics and then converted for football use. This model was used in the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games, with the City of Manchester Stadium then becoming a new home for Manchester City, and in London, where the Olympic Stadium is now used by West Ham United. 
 
It is likely that the conversion of the stadium after the Games would see the running track removed and the venue reconfigured to be a dedicated football stadium, as was the case in Manchester, whereas the London Stadium retains an athletics track, making it unusual for a British football ground. 
 
Other plans include a floating swimming pool that would be moored by Albert Dock, while several existing venues in Manchester would be used, including Old Trafford Cricket Ground for Twenty20 matches - an essential move to provide a facility equal to Edgbaston in Birmingham. It will also use the velodrome that featured in the 2002 games.
 
The Birmingham bid - which was already well advanced, as the city was eyeing the 2026 Games - will focus mostly on using existing venues, although a new velodrome and aquatics centre would need to be built. 
 
Liverpool's plan to have some events taking place in a former Games host city is nothing new. The Glasgow 2014 games saw diving taking place at the same Edinburgh venue that had been used in 1986.