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Liverpool’s ‘transformational’ Commonwealth Games plans revealed

Liverpool City Council has revealed its “transformational” plans to bring the 2022 Commonwealth Games to the city.

The local authority’s hosting proposals pledge to build a new 50-metre swimming pool at the city’s waterfront and confirm that several events will be held in Manchester if the bid is successful.

Envisaged for the city centre dock system, the 50m aquatics venue would remain in place after the games have concluded to serve as a public pool and visitor attraction.

Liverpool’s Commonwealth Games bid, which is expected to create more than 12,000 jobs, is designed to expedite the regeneration of the city’s historic waterfront, including Everton FC’s proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.

The £300m football ground has been earmarked as a potential venue for athletics, with a temporary track to be installed after the final home game of the 2021-22 season and removed ahead of the following campaign.

T20 cricket and track cycling would take place in Manchester at Old Trafford Cricket Ground and Manchester Velodrome respectively, via a sports partnership between the neighbouring cities.

Triple jump, long jump and pole vault are being lined up for Liverpool’s dockside near to the proposed swimming pool and in close proximity to Mann Island.

A map outlining Liverpool's Commonwealth Games 2022 bid

A map outlining Liverpool’s Commonwealth Games 2022 bid

The council’s hosting plan also reveals how existing venues could be used during the Commonwealth Games, with badminton, gymnastics, judo, netball and wrestling lined up for the ACC Liverpool.

Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium would host the opening ceremony and rugby sevens and Everton’s current home of Goodison Park could stage boxing matches, with lawn bowls taking place at the nearby Stanley Park.

Meanwhile, St George’s Hall is being touted as a potential venue for the squash finals and the athletes’ village could sit beside Everton’s new stadium in Nelson Dock, within Peel Land and Property’s £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters scheme, where construction on new residential developments could begin by next year.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, says: “In this city we do things differently. Since being European Capital of Culture in 2008, Liverpool has undergone a renaissance through smart investments, forging great partnerships and building a reputation as a major event and cultural hub.

“This bid taps directly into this creative ambition, innovative approach and the uniqueness of our city which will transform not just how the world views the Commonwealth Games but will also transform the economic fortunes of our waterfront and countless lives across the city.”

About Author: Mark Langshaw

Mark is a journalist at Your Move. He can be contacted via email at mark.langshaw@movepublishing.co.uk or by phone on 0151 709 3871.