Sitting in the heart of the UK, Birmingham is perfectly positioned to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
It will be the third time England has hosted the Games, following on from London in 1934 and more recently Manchester in 2002.
One of the youngest cities in Europe, Birmingham is vibrant and richly diverse. It is well known for always offering a warm welcome to visitors from around the world.
Sports and Venues
Birmingham has a wealth of existing sports venues, arenas and conference halls that are ideal for hosting sport during the Games.
An enhanced and refurbished Alexander Stadium will be pivotal to the Birmingham 2022 Games. Already established as an internationally renowned athletics venue and home to UK Athletics, Birmingham will strengthen its reputation as the ‘City of Running’ through improving competition and training facilities at the stadium and increasing permanent seating capacity.
Central to Birmingham’s venues are three indoor arenas: the NEC, NEC Arena and Arena Birmingham.
The NEC’s largest halls will host Boxing, Judo, Table Tennis, Weightlifting (and Para Powerlifting) and freestyle Wrestling.
The NEC Arena will host Badminton and Arena Birmingham will host Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics.
The new squash courts and hockey pitches at University of Birmingham, one of the UK’s leading sporting universities, will become the competition venues for Hockey and Squash during Birmingham 2022. Additional University facilities will be used as training venues ahead of the Games.
The only new-build venue proposed in Birmingham’s bid, the new Sandwell Aquatics Centre, will host Swimming, Para Swimming and Diving.
Along with the Coventry Indoor Arena, which will host Netball, these venues will ensure that the Birmingham 2022 Games benefit the wider West Midlands region. Rugby Sevens will take place at Rugby World Cup 2015 Host Venue, Villa Park Stadium.
A city centre location is still being finalised as the venue for 3×3 Basketball and 3×3 Wheelchair Basketball.
Royal Leamington Spa’s Victoria Park, home of Bowls England and the English National Bowls Championships, will host the Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls venue. The royal titled town’s international standard greens are the annual home of the National Bowls Championships and have hosted two women’s World Bowls Championships, in 1996 and 2004.
Mountain Biking takes place at Cannock Chase; whilst Track Cycling is the only sport to be held outside the region as it returns to the Lee Valley VeloPark in London on the ten-year anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The marathon, time trial and road race routes will be confirmed closer to the event.
The current sport programme of 17 sports for Birmingham 2022 is:
1. Aquatics (Swimming, Para and Diving) – at Sandwell Aquatics Centre
2. Athletics and Para-Athletics – at Alexander Stadium
3. Badminton – at NEC Arena
4. Basketball 3×3 and Wheelchair Basketball 3×3 – in Birmingham
5. Boxing – at NEC
6. Cycling (Mountain, Road, Track and Para-Track) – at Cannock Chase, across the West Midlands and at Lee Valley VeloPark
7. Gymnastics (Artistic and Rhythmic) – at Arena Birmingham
8. Hockey – at University of Birmingham
9. Judo – at NEC
10. Lawn Bowls (and Para) – at Leamington Spa
11. Netball – at Coventry Arena
12. Rugby Sevens – at Villa Park
13. Squash – at University of Birmingham
14. Table Tennis – at NEC
15. Triathlon (and Para) – at Sutton Park
16. Weightlifting (and Para Powerlifting) – at NEC
17. Wrestling – at NEC
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