ALEXANDER STADIUM WANTS TO BE UK ATHLETICS BASE

Birmingham City Council has approved a £12.25m revamp of Alexander Stadium in the hope it will become the new home of UK Athletics.

The funding will be used for a new 5,000-seater stand, increasing capacity to 12,800, office space for 250 people and improved leisure facilities for the public.

Alexander Stadium hopes to become a venue for UK Athletics' Diamond League, but it currently does not meet the minimum requirement of 15,000 seats.

Mike Whitby, the leader of the council, said: "We play host to gold medal hopefuls from the USA and Jamaica ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games and, to build on that success, we need the facilities required for the world's best athletes to compete here on a regular basis.

"That's exactly what this project will achieve and we're once again showing Birmingham has the commitment needed to be a significant player in world sport."

The proposals have been developed with Birchfield Harriers, the resident athletics club at the stadium.

Work will begin next month and is due to be open by June 2011.

Posted on 27/09/2010