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More pictures of the planned "City of Birmingham stadium."

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New developments:

1) The site could house an adjacent "super casino."

2) An American gambling company has agreed to pay for the stadium, should the adjacent casino be approved.

"The Las Vegas Sands Group, one of America's biggest gambling companies, has agreed to underwrite the whole cost of the venture. But the success of the project does depend on permission being given to incorporate a super-casino in the multi-purpose complex."

3) The site would house an Olympic size swimming pool.

more details to follow

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Super sports stadium unveiled

Birmingham City Football Club has released plans for a major new sports and entertainment complex that they claim would draw tens of thousands of tourists to the city every year.

Birmingham City's bid is in response to Government plans for one so-called 'Super Casino', which could have up to 1250 slot machines.

The club have presented their plans for a £217 million project to Birmingham City Council.

Blues bosses along with American company Las Vegas Sands want to incorporate the casino into a 59 acre sports and entertainment complex at Wheels Park in Saltley.

Along with the casino the site would house a 55 thousand seater sports stadium and an Olympic size swimming pool.

It would be capable of hosting football, athletics and rugby tournaments, as well as pop concerts.

Chief Executive of Blues, Karren Brady told BBC WM "It's not just a stadium, it's not a casino, it's much more than that, it's a village of sporting opportunities for Birmingham. "It will help us host events in the future like the Commonwealth Games and will be so important if we are going to attract international athletes here in preparation for 2012."

But the NEC is preparing a rival bid, and only one proposal can be put forward to the Government for consideration.

Read full article at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/birming....e.shtml

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This complex would allow Birmingham to bid for:

1) IAAF World athletics championships

2) FINA World swimming championships

3) Commonwealth games

4) Host FIFA world cup matches (if the football world cup is held in England in 2018/22).

5. Champions League and UEFA Cup finals

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More pictures of the planned "City of Birmingham stadium."

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New developments:

1) The site could house an adjacent "super casino."

2) An American gambling company has agreed to pay for the stadium, should the adjacent casino be approved.

"The Las Vegas Sands Group, one of America's biggest gambling companies, has agreed to underwrite the whole cost of the venture. But the success of the project does depend on permission being given to incorporate a super-casino in the multi-purpose complex."

3) The site would house an Olympic size swimming pool.

more details to follow

WOW! Is this stadium going to be used in 2012? :help:

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I read a few weeks ago that the 'super casino' may have a few problems getting planning permission, that area of Birmingham is predominantly muslim - who are against economic gain through such activities.  I'm sure Birmingham City Council will opt for the casino because of the benefits that the redevelopment will create.  I hope some of the economic benefits will filter down to the community that will be in the shadow of this complex then perhaps any objections will be short lived - though it may be a bit much to ask them to adapt their ideals any social and sporting activities that could accompany the project would be good for poorer inner city life.
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WOW! Is this stadium going to be used in 2012? :help:

If the stadium gets built, i think the answer is yes, it probably would host olympic football match(es).

At present, Villa Park in Birmingham is down to host olympic football. But Villa park only has a capacity of 43,000. Whereas this new stadium will seat 55,000, also visually it is far more attractive looking compared to Villa Park.

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That's probably true but it is now more than a year at least since this stadium idea was first mooted and we still appear to be only at the design stage, so I am not optimistic that it will be built in time for 2012, much as I hope it is.
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In think it would be good to have the FINA world smimming championships in the UK, in Birmingham.

Manchester is hosting the 2007 short course, so if that goes along smoothly should boost Bham's chances.

The chances of Birmingham winning a bid to host the IAAF world championships are quite slim, in all reality after London pulled out from hosting 2005, and anyway Europe has hosted too many world championships. So a Birmingham bid would not succeed against a bid from somewhere like Sydney, Rio De Janiero, Kuala Lumpar, Cape Town etc- new frontiers.

Also European capitals like Rome, Lisbon, Madrid, Brussels would be preferred

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I read a few weeks ago that the 'super casino' may have a few problems getting planning permission, that area of Birmingham is predominantly muslim - who are against economic gain through such activities.  I

Well the latest on this is that the muslim councillors are supporting the plans for the casino and stadium:

COUNCILLORS BACK BLUES STADIUM BID

Labour's Muslim Councillors in Birmingham met with representatives of Birmingham City Football Club last week to discuss the proposals for a new state-of-the-art multi-sports stadium and sporting village in inner city Birmingham.

A wide-ranging discussion was held, covering, amongst other things, issues of local access to the sporting facilities and jobs for the local community, as well as measures to prevent the local community falling victim to gambling.

During the discussions, Birmingham City Football Club agreed to provide a community centre for use by local people as part of the overall proposals.  This community centre will be used for events such as Asian weddings, and other activities.

Cllr Tahir Ali, Nechells ward, and Shadow Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, said: "We had a very productive meeting with Karren Brady, and we are delighted that Birmingham City have now included a community centre within the plans.

"We believe that the proposals will bring much needed regeneration to a deprived part of Birmingham, and we have agreed with Birmingham City that many of the 6000 jobs created can be targeted to the local community.

"In addition, we are now satisfied that the proposals include realistic safeguards to protect the local, and specifically the Muslim, communities from becoming susceptible to gambling.

"Our job now, as elected representatives, is to communicate this vision and explain what these proposals will do for the communities living near to them, and in particular, the Muslim community."

He added: "Birmingham Labour Group Muslims are agreed that the City of Birmingham needs world class sports facilities, particularly with the London Olympics taking place in 2012 and the possibility of a bid for the World Cup in 2018.

Blues' Managing Director Karren Brady said: "I am delighted that following our meetings and discussions, the Councillors are publicly supporting the proposed development at Wheels Park and that they will now communicate the true benefits the Birmingham Sports Village will bring to the local communities.

"A community centre is just one of the facilities that is called for and we are more than happy to ensure that it gets included in the plans."

Read the full article at the following link:

http://www.blues.premiumtv.co.uk/page....00.html

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In think it would be good to have the FINA world smimming championships in the UK, in Birmingham.

Manchester is hosting the 2007 short course, so if that goes along smoothly should boost Bham's chances.

The chances of Birmingham winning a bid to host the IAAF world championships are quite slim, in all reality after London pulled out from hosting 2005, and anyway Europe has hosted too many world championships. So a Birmingham bid would not succeed against a bid from somewhere like Sydney, Rio De Janiero, Kuala Lumpar, Cape Town etc- new frontiers.

Also European capitals like Rome, Lisbon, Madrid, Brussels would be preferred

Sam X

This is true

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The same thing happened in the 2012 competition where one of London's main sponsors were the French company EDF - I think they were also backing Paris at the same time - so they knew they were going to win!
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If the USA is going to bid for 2018 then it's ironic that an American gambling company is offering to pay for the new Birmingham city stadium, and sports complex.

The new Bham stadium will give Engand another venue to host the 2018 world cup, therefore boosting the English bid.

Could be a bit of an own goal........

I presume the plans to re-develop St Andrews have been put on the backburner for now.

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If the USA is going to bid for 2018 then it's ironic that an American gambling company is offering to pay for the new Birmingham city stadium, and sports complex.

The new Bham stadium will give Engand another venue to host the 2018 world cup, therefore boosting the English bid.

Could be a bit of an own goal........

You've said it: THE USA WON'T BID! :idea:

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Further to Wembley being opened, newly-promoted Derby County have said they are looking into expanding the capacity of their Pride Park Stadium to 44,000, which would, of course, bring it into play as a potential World Cup venue. If it's approved it will, apparently, be ready for the start of the 2008-09 season.

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A very interesting report in this morning's Guardian suggesting Nottingham Forest are going to build a new, potentially, 50,000 seater stadium on the outskirts of the city, at least partly with a view to 2018.

Forest plot return to the top with east Midlands super stadium

Personally, I'm sad that they're not looking at expanding the City Ground, which is a fantastic place to go and watch football, right next to the River Trent and in the heart of the city. But times do move on.

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Isn't a huge stadium the last thing Forest should be thinking of at the moment? Not that I'm moaning, the more large stadiums we have outside of London and the North West, the better as far as 2018 goes. If Derby stay in the top flight, then 44,000 sounds great for them too.

Having lived in Nottingham for three years it would be sad to see the City Ground go as it is on a beautiful site, close to the city by the river. Mind you, I never actually went there all the time I was at uni (I did go to Notts County's ground a few times as that's where our varsity matches were played though).

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Having read a bit more about it since I posted the news, the reports are that the club is aiming to move to this new site by 2014. The initial capacity will be around 40,000 with a view to increasing that to 50,000 or so if and when they get back into the Premier League and they see it as part of the solution to getting them back there to the top flight.

I've been to the City Ground a couple of times and I'll be sad to see it go. Having said that, a World Cup stadium somehow sits better in a major regional city like Nottingham.

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The move is also pretty controversial among Forest supporters, so I wouldn't be sure that it is quite a done deal yet. But, the club apparently looked at expanding the City Ground only for transport concerns and land issues to get in the way. This plan also ties in with substantial development of the local road and rail system, with the A453 road from the M1 due to be dualled by 2011, a new railway station and an extended tram line to or near to the stadium.

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Villa Park has been earmarked for the Olympics. This scheme hasn't been mentioned for some time, primarily because of Birmingham City's relegation from the Premiership. Now they are back in the top flight, it may come back into discussion, but I think it was also tied up with the city's application for a supercasino, so they're probably going to have to come up with another plan after Manchester got the nod for that.

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And that's assuming the whole casino thing doesn't fall flat on its backside.

Anyway, Liverpool are reviewing the plans for their new stadium in Stanley Park, following the takeover of the club by the American businessmen Tom Hicks and George Gillette. It appears as though the stadium will remain as the planned 60,000 or so capacity initially, but Messrs Hicks and Gillette are looking at scope to expand it if needed. I've seen 68,000 quoted, but I suspect something higher (at least 70,000 and perhaps 75-80,000 at the outside) would be in their minds.

Just outside the city, Everton are in talks with Knowsley Council over their planned new 55,000 seat ground in Kirkby. And elsewhere, Reading have put plans in for a major expansion of their Madejski Stadium. Though the final capacity is planned to be 38,000, a bit short of the World Cup requirements, I suspect some teams would look at it for warm-up games to help them acclimatise if we do get the nod. All in all, it's exciting times. It's just a shame that it appears we are losing some of the great heritage and history that surrounds many of our football grounds.

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