Birmingham has thrown its hat into the ring with a bid to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games.
City officials said hosting the games could create thousands of new jobs, benefiting local suppliers, and boosting existing transport and housing plans.
City council leader John Clancy said:
Birmingham is a fantastic sporting city and we have proven ourselves to be warm, welcoming and friendly hosts to a number of international events in recent years.
In addition to the huge economic impact, these events showcase the very best of our city and wider region to the world.
I hope that we get to do that yet again in 2026 and you can be sure the games would be a huge success in Birmingham.
Venues that could be used to host events include Villa Park, the Alexander Stadium, Edgbaston Cricket Ground, the NEC and the Genting Arena.
Existing venues outside Birmingham, including West Bromwich Albion’s Hawthorns ground and Coventry’s Ricoh Arena could also be used to stage events.
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley, said:
Birmingham is a city with a fantastic sporting pedigree. The Commonwealth Games transformed Manchester in 2002 and did the same for Glasgow in 2014, so it’s no surprise that Birmingham is interested in hosting the Games in 2026.
In 2017 Birmingham will be hosting the Birmingham International Marathon and fixtures for cricket’s ICC Champions Trophy, and in 2018 will be home to the World Indoor Athletics Championships.
Liverpool announced in August that it would be bidding to host the Commonwealth Games.
The games were last hosted in the UK by Glasgow in 2014, while the next competition will be at the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, in 2018.
The 2022 games are set to take place in Durban, South Africa.
Image caption: The NEC could be used to host Commonwealth Games events