About the Alexander Stadium...

The Alexander Stadium is one of the UK’s premier athletics stadiums and has been a host to several major events and held the Birmingham Diamond League for the first time in 2011. The Stadium was built in 1975 and was opened for training in 1976.

Originally comprised of a track and main stand, which came into operation in 1978, the stadium underwent a £1m refurbishment in 2000.

The Alexander Stadium underwent a further £12.5 million redevelopment in 2011, when the new 5,000 seat 'Backstraight Stand' was built, increasing the capacity to 12,700.

The Alexander Stadium will host the Opening Ceremony and athletics action at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, due to be held in Birmingham. The Stadium's capacity will be increased to 40,000 for the Games and 20,000 permanent seats will be retained following the event. 

Birmingham Alexander Stadium
Walsall Road Perry Barr
B42 2LR
0121 464 8008

Facts and figures about Alexander Stadium, Birmingham

  • Opened in 1976
  • Expanded in 2011 with new 5000 seater Back Straight Stand
  • Capacity of 12,700
  • The stadium is the home of Birchfield Harriers AC, a club which has seen the likes of Denise Lewis, Mark Lewis-Francis, Danny Talbot and Kelly Sotherton come through its ranks
  • Head Offices of UK Athletics are located in the back straight stand
  • The Stadium's capacity will be increased to 40,000 for the 2022 Commonwealth Games (20,000 seats will be retained after the Games)