Liverpool today unveiled its plans to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games with the riverside regeneration of the city’s Bramley-Moore Dock, which would be home to Everton Football Club’s new stadium, central to the bid.
The new football stadium, seeking to replicate the "intimacy, fan proximity and atmosphere" of Everton's current home Goodison Park, will accommodate a temporary athletics track for the Games.
It is claimed this will be "without any disruption to those features" with the track due to be installed after the final home game of the 2021-2022 season and removed before the first scheduled match of the 2022-2023 campaign.
Liverpool’s "transformational plan" is predicted to accelerate £1 billion (£1.3 billion/€1.1 billion) of investment up to 10 years ahead of schedule and create more than 12,000 jobs.
The city is also proposing to host swimming at a new 50 metres pool within the city centre dock system that would remain in place after the Games and provide both a swimming and visitor attraction legacy.
Among the other proposals is triple jump, long jump and pole vault on the dockside by neighbouring Mann Island here, aimed at ensuring spectators are brought even closer to the action.
Twenty20 cricket and track cycling, as Liverpool 2022’s "optional sports", would take place in Manchester at Old Trafford Cricket Ground and the city’s Velodrome.
Other key highlights of Liverpool’s hosting plan include five existing venues.
The Arena and Convention Centre (ACC) Liverpool, home to the 11,000-seat Echo Arena, BT Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre Liverpool, would stage badminton, artistic gymnastics, judo, netball and wrestling.
Liverpool FC's Anfield stadium has been cited as the venue for the Opening Ceremony and rugby sevens, while St George’s Hall and Goodison Park would host the squash and boxing finals respectively and Stanley Park would stage the lawn bowls.
A further notable element of Liverpool’s plan is to have the Athletes’ Village beside Everton FC’s new stadium in Nelson Dock, within Peel Land and Property’s £5.5 billion ($7 billion/$6.3 billion) Liverpool Waters scheme - residential developments that already have outlined planning permission meaning construction could start in the first half of 2018.
"Liverpool is a world-class city and what we have unveiled today is truly transformational," Liverpool 2022 bid chairman Brian Barwick said.
"This plan is both compelling and deliverable and will be amazing for the athletes, the spectators and the Commonwealth - and crucially is designed to leave Liverpool transformed."
The possibility of Manchester and Liverpool joining forces and forming a "Northern Powerhouse" bid had been mooted but was dropped when the former dropped out, although they promised they would help provide facilities when needed.
Asked whether anything can be learned from Manchester, which hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games, Barwick said "there’s always lessons".
"I’ve been to a lot of Games through a professional career - Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and World Cups - and I think you take away something from everyone of them," the former head of BBC Sport and English Football Association chief executive added.
"Manchester put together a fantastic show in 2002 and Manchester is part of our bid.
"They will host the cricket and we’ll have their velodrome working with us and we’ll do some squash there as well.
"I think that’s really important that we embrace those facilities and Manchester as well and therefore push out to the North West region.
"I think it’s really important and equally the focus of the bid, not unnaturally, is this city."
Liverpool are battling Birmingham for the English nomination after rivals London and Manchester withdrew from the process last month.
The city's Mayor Joe Anderson claimed it is a question of "when" not "if" Liverpool wins the bid.
"If you see our proposals and see what it is we’re going to do, then I fail to see how anybody can’t be convinced that’s an exciting new way of doing things," he said.
"I think when you also look at the legacy in terms of what is not just the regeneration legacy, but the legacy about what we will be doing in terms of making sure that that investment in sport continues year after year.
"But equally that investment that we’re making now is going to excite and motivate young people to engage and get involved in sport.
"My confidence is based on what I see and what I feel and what’s in my heart and god knows if Birmingham can come up with a better plan, a better masterplan and vision than this, then they deserve it.
"But I think they’re going to have to go far beyond the realms of possibility because not only have we got a fantastic river, a fantastic waterfront city, our links with the Commonwealth, our regeneration plans, our legacy plans are I think second to none."
Among those in attendance to mark the launch of Liverpool’s Games vision and plan, and the formal submission of the Preliminary Phase Questionnaire to the Commonwealth Games Delivery Unit, was bid ambassador, gymast Beth Tweddle.
Tweddle, an Olympic bronze medallist and Commonwealth Games champion, was joined by fellow bid ambassadors Steve Parry, a three-time Commonwealth Games medal-winning swimmer, and World Boxing Council cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew.
"Liverpool is my home town and, having won four Commonwealth Games medals, it fills me with a huge amount of excitement and great pride to imagine the Games in our great city in 2022," Tweddle said.
"The concept looks incredible and ideal for athletes given the compact nature of the plan and close proximity of the [Athletes'] Village to the venues.
"That makes a real difference to the athlete experience.
"We also have sport in our blood in Liverpool, and I know our passionate and friendly fans would ensure an amazing atmosphere.
"I can’t wait."
Liverpool 2022 has also launched its official bid website, accessible here, with a call to action for the public to back the bid via social media with the hashtag #IAmLiverpool2022
Cities are seeking to earn the right to stage the Games after they were stripped from Durban in March.
The South African city were removed as hosts by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) following lack of progress since they were awarded them in September 2015.
Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, which staged the Commonwealth Games in 1998, has expressed firm interest.
Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney in Australia have also revealed they may be interested, while Victoria in Canada announced last week that it will bid.
Toronto, which had already expressed an interest in replacing Durban, withdrew after a report prepared by the city's Economic Development Committee warned about a supposed lack of support from Federal and Provincial authorities.
It is expected that the CGF will choose a host city in the autumn.