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.
The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will demonstrate the very best of Global Britain to the world, showcasing the region’s strengths of: being connected and accessible; youth and inclusivity; and a focus on regeneration and rejuvenation. Birmingham is perfectly positioned to attract people to the Games and to ensure that the benefits of hosting extend from the city and region, to the UK and the Commonwealth.
Birmingham has a wealth of existing sports venues, arenas and conference halls that are ideal for hosting sport during the Games. With 95% of the competition venues already in place, Birmingham 2022 will be both prudent and innovative.
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 bid 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, has been revealed as 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 returns to the Lee Valley VeloPark 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.