Birmingham boss Rowett talks about Commonwealth Games link

General view of St Andrews stadium

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett has spoken about the possibility of the club getting a new stadium due to the 2026 Commonwealth Games bid.

General view of St Andrews stadiumGeneral view of St Andrews stadium

Birmingham City have had a great deal of positives over the last few weeks, with the improvement in results coinciding with some brilliant performances from the entire squad.

Despite their recent loss they still find themselves in the play-off positions and with some winnable fixtures ahead of them things are looking up.

There is also the potential for the 2026 Commenwealth Games to come to the city, and as reported by Birmingham Mail manager Gary Rowett has given his thoughts on what it could mean for the club.

Birmingham are believed to be one of the front-runners to host the Games, and the possibility of a new stadium being built in order to accommodate the event has been discussed. The local authority is expected to look into the feasibility and cost of building the ground before plans go any further.

"Like most people and you said 'Would you be positive about a brand new stadium with great facilities maybe in a more accessible location for fans?' Then most people would be enthused with that." Rowett told Birmingham Mail.

Birmingham’s manager Gary RowettBirmingham’s manager Gary Rowett

"But I could also give you quite a few examples, I probably won't name names, clubs have gone down a new route and we had an issue at Derby when I was first there.

"There was that challenge of teams coming to the Baseball Ground and almost be 'Phew, I am not looking forward to this evening' and you would use it as an advantage.

"Then you go to some of these new places and the challenge then is to recreate that same type of atmosphere and same closeness to the fans."

Birmingham City's David Davis celebrates scoring his sides first goalBirmingham City's David Davis celebrates scoring his sides first goal

Of course it goes without saying that there are currently more important things to worry about for the Blues, but it is something to make note of for the future.

With new owners at the helm and a bright start to the season under a promising young manager, things have not looked this positive at St Andrew's for a very long time.

Blackburn manager Owen Coyle walks on the pitch after arriving at St AndrewsBlackburn manager Owen Coyle walks on the pitch after arriving at St Andrews

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