Birmingham City buy land amid new ‘world class’ stadium plans


Birmingham City’s plans to build a new stadium have taken a step forward after owners Knighthead completed the purchase of land in the east of the city.

Knighthead has bought a 48-acre site in Bordesley Park from Birmingham City Council and confirmed plans to build a new “world class” stadium and training ground.

The “Sports Quarter” will be home to facilities for the men’s, women’s and academy sides and aims to be a “globally recognisable sporting and entertainment location”.

The land is a former motor racing park and is located less than one mile away from St Andrew’s, which has been Birmingham’s home ground since 1906.

Birmingham’s training ground has been located outside of the city at the Elite Performance and Innovation Centre, the former home of Wasps rugby club, following a fire at the Wast Hill training ground in March 2023. They signed a three-year lease for the centre in December.

Knighthead co-chief executive officer and club chairman, Tom Wagner said: “When we invested in Birmingham City, we made it very clear that we had an ambitious vision to transform the experience for our fans and make a positive contribution to the growth and vitality of the city of Birmingham. The acquisition of the former Wheels site is an important next step in making this a reality. It is going to transform the future of our men’s, women’s and academy teams.”

The regeneration project will also include community pitches and a commercial space to support local businesses. The club estimate it will create 3,000 new jobs.

Shelby Companies, a UK subsidiary of U.S.-based Knighthood Capital Management, purchased a 45.64 per cent stake in Birmingham and took full control of St Andrew’s in July 2023. NFL legend Tom Brady became a minority owner in August.

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Birmingham CEO Garry Cook added: “Tom Wagner, in his May 8th 2023 letter to fans, asked supporters to hold Knighthead accountable to six commitments. One of those was for Birmingham City Football Club to build on the pivotal role it plays in the economic, social, and cultural landscape in the city, making sure it is always a cornerstone and positive force for good in the local community. Without doubt, today’s announcement delivers on this commitment.”

Birmingham sit 22nd in the Championship in the league’s final relegation spot after a disappointing first season under Knighthead’s ownership. Manager John Eustace was sacked in October with the club sixth in the table and replaced by former England international Wayne Rooney, who was dismissed after 15 games in charge.

Gary Rowett was placed in interim charge in March after the club picked up just one point under assistant manager Mark Venus. He had been in temporary charge since February, with manager Tony Mowbray stepping away to undergo medical treatment.

Birmingham return to action on Wednesday with the visit of Cardiff City.

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