Glasgow, Delhi, Melbourne & Manchester; they’ve all flown the flag and landed the coveted title of Commonwealth Games host city in the past. Now one of the questions on plenty of lips is - could we be next?

There's plenty of moving parts happening and we want to get in on the action. Let's see what Liverpool's vision is, where we're up to and what's next - and explore the really important reasons why we're huge contenders for this incredible event.

What is Team Liverpool proposing?

We want to transform the Commonwealth Games. Our city has a repuation of being bold and inspiring, and we want our Commonwealth Games held here to reflect that. We’ll utilise our already world-class venues, our spectacular waterfront setting, whilst also creating exciting new facilities that will catapult our illustrious reputation as the #1 Sporting City in the UK even further.

But it's not just about our international impact - we want to start at home. Leaving a lasting legacy for our local communities is something Liverpool is inherently passionate about and with a Commonwealth Games host status, we can commit our future to that. New facilities will be linked to the massive regeneration taking place in the Bramley-Moore Dock area; transforming the economic fortunes of our waterfront and generate around 12,500 jobs Liverpool is built on creative ambition, innovative approach and an indisputable uniqueness, let’s show the world even more of it!

Partnering with Manchester, we’re basically on the quest to deliver a celebration of sport like no other and trailblaze the way for future international sporting events like never before. Are you in?

Where are we up to?

Liverpool's bid was officially announced in April following Durban’s withdrawal and a budget of £500,000 has been set aside for the campaign for an intense 3-6 month period of activity. Team Liverpool has become our official Commonwealth Games banner, along with the hashtag #IAmLiverpool2022.

Since then, the city’s outline bid has been submitted and Liverpool welcomed the judges to spend two days visiting in early July. They were whisked off to see some of our proposed magnificent venues and our plans to create a lasting, transformational legacy were presented to them.

Last week, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) cleared Liverpool and Birmingham for the final phase of its selection process.

What’s next?

It’s still early days, but the next step is for the final bid to be submitted later this month on August 18th, to which the judges will be back once more to visit the city. After these visits, the judges will present their assessments to the DCMS, ahead of a decision due to be announced in September.

The support of thousands upon thousands of people already from across Merseyside and the North West has been unparalleled, which will no doubt leave a lasting impression on those making that (scary) final decision. All we’ve got to do is continue making all that noise! It’s said that by the end of the year, we’ll know who’s won!

Who’s our competition?

Since Durban decided not to run back in March due to financial restraints, it’s largely been seen as a two horse race between Liverpool and Birmingham. Though in June, Victoria in Canada officially announced its bid for the 2022 Games. It’s on!

What are our potential venues?

Existing world-class venues, our waterfront setting & exciting new planned facilities; these are what’s on the bill so far:

Goodison Park Stadium - Boxing

Stanley Park - Bowls

Anfield Stadium - Ceremonies & Rugby

Bramley-Moore Dock - Athletics

Liverpool Olympia - Weightlifting & Powerlifting

St George’s Hall - Squash

Pier Head - Triathlon / Cycling

Mann Island - Triathlon/ Road Races

The Docks - Swimming

ACC Liverpool - Netball, Artistic Gymnastics, Judo, Badminton

Who is supporting us?

Liverpool is an ambitious city; not onyl do we have the support of Liverpool FC and Everton FC, just look at the number of local talent that have gone on to smash the sporting world...(even the incredible 6x Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy, and he isn't Scouse!)

Like we mentioned previously - make your voice heard! 

Take to Twitter and Facebook - use the #IAmLiverpool2022 hashtag and keep an eye on @LiverpoolCG2022 to keep up with what's happening. 

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