Liverpool are battling Birmingham for the English nomination to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games ©Getty Images

Liverpool claim they can install and remove a temporary athletics track for the 2022 Commonwealth Games at Everton Football Club's proposed new stadium in less than three-and-a-half months, even though it took Hampden Park more than a year when they did the same thing for Glasgow 2014. 

The city unveiled its plans to host the Games in five years’ time last Friday (June 16) with the riverside regeneration of the city’s Bramley-Moore Dock, the planned new home of Everton, central to the bid.

It is claimed the accommodation of the temporary 400 metres athletics track will be achieved without any disruption to the "intimacy, fan proximity and atmosphere" of the stadium 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.

When Glasgow 2014 transformed Scotland's national football stadium Hampden Park into an athletics venue, it was closed in November 2013 and the track was not ready until the following May. 

It then took until December 2014, four months after the completion of the Games, to rip up the track and restore the stadium to its previous condition.

Hampden Park's solution was hailed as revolutionary and involved installing a temporary deck made up of 1,000 base panels supported by more than 6,000 structural steel stilts. 

The finished works also saw approximately eight rows of seats removed to accommodate the wider field of play and a capacity of 40,000.

The whole operation cost £27 million ($34 million/€31 million).

It took builders 13 months and cost £27 million to lay and remove a temporary athletics track at Hampden Park for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow ©Glasgow 2014
It took builders 13 months and cost £27 million to lay and remove a temporary athletics track at Hampden Park for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow ©Glasgow 2014

It also took a year to convert the City of Manchester Stadium, now known as the Etihad Stadium, into the home of Manchester City FC after the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

The timescale proposed by Liverpool 2022 could be even tighter because it is widely expected that the 2022-2023 football season in England will start earlier than normal. 

It could begin as early as July due to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar due to be held mid-campaign from November 21 to December 18.

Liverpool 2022 have told insidethegames they are not concerned, however. 

"It is the city’s and the club’s intention that the new Everton Football Stadium on Bramley Dock will be ready for the start of the 2021-22 season and the athletics track will be installed at the end of that season for Games time," said a spokesman.

"Our design team are confident the 'drop in' of the track and the de-rig will have no impact on the club."

Concerns over how the stadium could be adapted for athletics without significantly affecting the design has been one of the main concerns of Everton fans. 

The Premier League club, currently based at Goodison Park, are keen to avoid the lack of atmosphere experienced by West Ham United last season at the London Stadium, the centrepiece of the 2012 Olympic Games to which the East London outfit re-located in 2016.

American architect Dan Meis has been tasked with designing Everton's new stadium and claimed he will ensure that the atmosphere is not compromised to accommodate athletics. 

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has also moved to assure fans that the proposed temporary athletics would not have an effect on the design of the stadium.

"I know that everyone at the club - not least the chairman and Mr Moshiri, who I am in regular contact with - is absolutely committed to replicating the intimacy, fan proximity and atmosphere of Goodison Park at our new home," Anderson wrote in an open letter to Everton fans.

The Stadium in London is due to host this year's International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships by moving rows of seats from football mode to accommodate the running track.

"I share that commitment and we won't make the mistakes others have made," wrote Anderson.

"Our plan is to install a temporary track after the final home game of the 2021-22 season which will then be removed before the 2022-23 season starts in the autumn."

Under the plans revealed by Liverpool, they would host the pole vault, long jump and triple jump events at Mann Island with the world-famous Three Graces in the background.

Liverpool are battling Birmingham for the English nomination after rivals London and Manchester withdrew from the process last month.

Birmingham have so far released only limited details, along with their bid logo and slogan, and have not confirmed a full list of which sports would feature or where they would be held.

Birmingham plans to upgrade Alexander Stadium to a temporary capacity of up to 50,000 if it is awarded the 2022 Commonwealth Games ©Getty Images
Birmingham plans to upgrade Alexander Stadium to a temporary capacity of up to 50,000 if it is awarded the 2022 Commonwealth Games ©Getty Images

The main detail they have made public so far is that Alexander Stadium would receive a multi-million pound upgrade and it would host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, as well as the athletics.

The Stadium opened in 1976 and currently has a capacity of 12,500.

It has already hosted several top-class athletics events, including the IAAF Diamond League and Britain's Olympic trials.

If Birmingham is selected to host the Commonwealth Games, the Stadium would be temporarily expanded to between 40,000 and 50,000.

It would then be downscaled to 25,000 after the Games.

Besides England, Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, which staged the Commonwealth Games in 1998, has also expressed firm interest in stepping in to replace Durban. 

Victoria in Canada, which hosted the 1994 Commonwealth Games, announced earlier this month that it will bid.

Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney in Australia have also revealed they may be interested.

It is expected that the Commonwealth Games Federation will choose a host city in the autumn.

South African city Durban were initially awarded the Games but were stripped of them due to a lack of financial guarantees.