Birmingham has been touted as a potential home for The Commonwealth Games, not just for the upcoming 2026 games, but also for the foreseeable future.
It comes after the games were thrust into a crisis this week after Victoria cancelled plans to host the event – citing the financial burden that comes with games.
Plans for the games to find a permanent home in the Midlands have received support from the Conservatives in the UK and have also been viewed as a potential avenue to securing the future of the games after much disruption in recent years.
Birmingham hosted the games in 2022, drawing audiences from across the globe in what was considered a successful event.
With the infrastructure largely already in place, the city becoming the home of the games would bolster the case when it comes to levelling up in the UK.
Meanwhile, Sadiq Khan has also thrown the hat of London in the ring to host the games in 2026 – describing the city as ‘the sporting capital of the world’. Nonetheless, the pursuit of a major football tournament being in England may halt these plans, with a bid for the European Championships coming to the UK just two years after in 2028.
Whilst taking the games to an alternative venue from the UK will be seen as the best option for the future of the games, the organisation will be looking for a solution to be found sooner rather than later in order to secure the stability and future of the games.