A PREVIOUS #BRUMBID2022 FOR THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES WOULD HAVE SEEN A NEW STADIUM BUILT ON WOODGATE VALLEY IN BIRMINGHAM

#BrumBid2022 A previous 1966 Commonwealth Games bid would have seen a stadium built in Woodgate Valley.

keithbracey

Fascinating Birmingham history…..I had not realised that they planned to base the Commonwealth games in Woodgate Valley in South Birmingham in a previous Birmingham Commonwealth Games bid in 1966…..

Woodgate Valley Country Park

Winning the Commonwealth Games would have been great for the city of Birmingham and would have created the ideal environment for a ‘friendly games’ in Birmingham with the legacy being that the Athlete’s Village built for the games being given over to social housing once the games had concluded.

Birmingham City Council had plans to build a brand new Athletics Stadium for the 1970 Commonwealth Games which were eventually staged in Edinburgh.

The Council also wanted to create a lake for the yachting and rowing events in Woodgate Valley by damming the stream that flows through the Woodgate Valley and using water from Joseph Chamberlain’s Elan Valley Scheme.

Elan Valley Dam

Chamberlain’s great engineering project brought Welsh water from the mountain dams of North…

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