Team England hopeful & double Paralympic gold medallist, Kadeena Cox paid a visit to the Alexander Stadium to see for herself the progress being made on the redevelopment of the venue ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
She was joined by Team Scotland's Laura Muir. Both athletes used the visit to announce that they intend to compete at the major multi-sport event next summer.
Cox, who had to withdraw from the Gold Coast edition of the Games in 2018 because of injury, will be targeting the T38 100m at Birmingham 2022 and is also looking forward to competing in a packed stadium once more:
“What I love about the Commonwealth Games is that all of the para sports are integrated into the main sports programme, so we get to come together as one big team competing on the same stage.
"I know Team England will be looking to win as many medals as possible at this home Games, and with a noisy, passionate crowd to inspire us once more, I’m sure the atmosphere will be fantastic.”
Team Scotland's Laura Muir competed at the 2014 Glasgow Games, and determined to win a Commonwealth medla. And is pleased by the prospect of doing so in a British city where she’s previously seen success.
Laura said: “I would absolutely love to compete at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
"It provides me with another opportunity to represent Scotland and it will mean coming back to compete in a city where I was fortunate enough to have won silver and bronze medals at the World Indoor Championships at Arena Birmingham three years ago.
"I’d love to win gold for Scotland next summer.”
As well as applying for tickets for the 286 sessions of sport, tickets for the Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony are also up for grabs and both of these special events will be held in the newly transformed Alexander Stadium, which will see temporary seating installed alongside the giant new stand, to increase the capacity to around 30,000 for games time.
Commenting on the redevelopment of the Alexander Stadium since she last competed there, Laura added:
“I can’t believe this is the same stadium! The transformation is amazing, and it is fantastic that we now have this incredible revamped athletics facility in Birmingham.
"I can’t wait to compete here and to be able to do that in front of a huge crowd, packed with British fans will make this the Games a very, very special occasion.”
Matt Kidson, Director of Sport, for Birmingham 2022 said:
“The appetite to come and attend the Games is obvious and we are seeing a huge demand for tickets which is providing the whole team with a massive boost.
“Sports like athletics, cycling, swimming and gymnastics are proving to be particularly popular, so if people do want to see these sports, I’d urge them to consider carefully which sessions they want to apply for, so that you can improve their chances of securing tickets.
“I’d also encourage everyone to think about applying for a sport they’ve never seen before. We’ve got 19 sports and eight para sports on the programme including boxing, badminton, squash, judo and table tennis, all of which are full of drama and incredibly exciting to watch. A multi-sport event is a fantastic chance to fall in love with a new sport and to witness sporting history being made.”
To apply for tickets for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, go to birmingham2022.com, create your ticket account and follow the ballot process. You can plan your Games by taking a look at the competition schedule and the venue information that is available on the site, before submitting your application by 8pm on 30 September.
To be fair to everyone, applications are limited to one per household and ticket limits for sessions will apply. At the end of the ballot window, tickets will be allocated at random. Applicants may get all of the tickets they applied for, some of the tickets or none of the tickets.
Tickets for the Games start at £8 for under 16s and £15 for adults and applicants will find out in October if they have been successful in securing tickets.