Birmingham & Black Country

Plans for city venue name change

Edgbaston Cricket Ground
Image caption Edgbaston is one of the country's largest cricket grounds

A campaign has been launched to add the name Birmingham to some of the city's main sporting venues.

Birmingham Chamber of Commerce wants Edgbaston Cricket Ground to include the name in its title to better promote the city around the world.

The chamber said it was already holding talks with Warwickshire County Cricket Club about the proposal.

It said it hoped other venues, including the Alexander Stadium, would also adopt the city's name.

The stadium, in Perry Barr, is home to the Birchfield Harriers athletics club and will also host the United States track and field team in the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics.

Michael Ward, the new president of the chamber, said: "I would like to use my year of office... to ensure that Birmingham's name is at the heart of everything that is great about the city.

"At the height of the riots in the city... we had about 25,000 people of diverse backgrounds gathering for four days at the cricket ground for the test match between England and India.

"And yet those TV images that were sent around the world from the ground did not shout that the venue was in Birmingham, while the riots did."

Edgbaston has recently completed a £32m redevelopment.

The ground's new stand has made it England's second largest cricket ground, with only Lords having a higher capacity.

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