The Sport and Venue Programme for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games was confirmed and celebrated today, Friday 19 October, as five Team England medallists joined Birmingham 2022 Chairman John Crabtree and pupils from Mapledene Primary School for a sporting showcase at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre – one of the key venue clusters for the Games, which take place from 27 July to 7 August 2022.

17 thrilling sports will take place over 11 days of action-packed competition, at venues across the host city and throughout the West Midlands and beyond. Over one million tickets will be available – and go on sale closer to the event. All of the venues are already open – with the exception of the new Aquatics Centre planned to be built in Sandwell – and well-established and experienced hosts of world-class sport. This was a key benefit of the original bid, supporting the Games Partners and Commonwealth Sports Movement’s ambitions to increase the efficiency and affordability of hosting the Games.

John Crabtree, Chairman of the Birmingham Organising Committee of the 2022 Commonwealth Games said: “We were thrilled to welcome local schoolchildren and Team England stars to help celebrate the confirmed sport and venue programme for 2022, bringing a tiny flavour of the Games’ sporting spirit to the NEC, one of our main venue clusters. It’s another important milestone as progress continues towards Birmingham’s largest-ever global sporting and cultural event in less than four years’ time.

“With the revamp of Alexander Stadium, plans for a brand-new facility at Sandwell and a tried and tested team of sporting venues across the West Midlands – all our collaborative efforts are focused on ensuring the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be a spectacular sporting showcase of the city and region.”

Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said: “The Commonwealth Games will showcase the very best of Birmingham, the West Midlands and the UK to the rest of the world. This is an exciting sport programme that will be held at some of the region’s most iconic sites and venues. I am particularly pleased that it features an inclusive para-sport programme and equal medal opportunities for men and women.”

12 of the 17 sports take place in existing venues across the host city: Athletics and Para-Athletics will take place at a significantly-upgraded Alexander Stadium, located close to the Commonwealth Games Village; Arena Birmingham will host Gymnastics; whilst the NEC campus will host six sports – Badminton, Boxing, Judo, Table Tennis, Weightlifting (and Para Powerlifting) and Wrestling. The University of Birmingham’s facilities will be home to Hockey and Squash; and Aston Villa’s football ground Villa Park will be the stadium for the Rugby Sevens action. A city-centre location for the 3×3 Basketball and Wheelchair Basketball events is still being finalised.

Cllr Ian Ward, Birmingham City Council Leader said: “Birmingham has a global reputation as a sporting city and this line-up of venues underlines just why we were selected to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

“This city has a very strong track record of successfully staging major championships and athletes love competing in front of enthusiastic and knowledgeable Birmingham audiences. In 2022, the world’s top stars are guaranteed a warm welcome over what we can be sure will be 11 unforgettable days of sporting action in top-class facilities.”

Venues across the West Midlands will also help maximise and spread the involvement and benefits to regional communities close to Birmingham, with Swimming and Diving at a brand-new Aquatics Facility in Sandwell (6 miles from Birmingham City Centre); Triathlon taking place at Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield (6 miles); Mountain Biking at Cannock Chase (16 miles); Netball at the Coventry Arena (17 miles) and Lawn Bowls in Royal Leamington Spa (21 miles). Finally, the velodrome at Lee Valley VeloPark will host Track Cycling on the tenth anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic Games (102 miles).

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “This was always a regional bid, with many of the regional partners supporting financially.

“It’s therefore particularly pleasing that some of the events and competition will take place around the region, giving us the opportunity to showcase places like Cannock Chase and Leamington Spa to the world and ensure the benefits of what I am confident will be a fantastic event are shared out.”

The sport programme for Birmingham 2022 includes all mandatory sports and disciplines as per Commonwealth Games Federation rules, as well as an approved selection of optional sports chosen by the local bid committee: Diving, 3×3 Basketball and Wheelchair Basketball, Mountain Biking, Track Cycling and Track Para-Cycling, Rhythmic Gymnastics, and Para-Triathlon. Wheelchair Basketball makes its appearance at the Commonwealth Games for the first time ever in 2022, and organisers have committed to ensuring that the 2022 edition builds on the Commonwealth Games’ track record of inclusive para-sport and gender equal medal opportunities.

Commonwealth Games England Chairman Ian Metcalfe said: “On behalf of Commonwealth Games England, I’m so pleased with the announcement of the sport programme and venues. The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be an incredible opportunity for Team England to build on the English sporting pride that we saw on the Gold Coast. Our athletes will benefit from the power and support of a home crowd while competing in world class venues in Birmingham, the West Midlands and England.

“The diverse selection of sports reinforces the Commonwealth Games’ track record for inclusive para sport and gender equality; values that are extremely important to Team England.”

There remains interest from a number of additional sports and disciplines over and above the programme announced today. The Organising Committee is therefore currently conducting an Additional Sports Review and Costing to look at the possibility of including additional sports to the Games.

Gold Coast 2018 Boxing gold medallist Galal Yafai said: “It’s going to be amazing to see the boxing take place here at the NEC in four years’ time. The Birmingham fans love their sport and I know there’ll be such a buzz across the city during the Games.”

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Notes to Editors

  • The confirmed sport programme of 17 sports for Birmingham 2022 is: (1) Aquatics (Swimming, Para and Diving); (2) Athletics and Para-Athletics; (3) Badminton; (4) Basketball 3×3 and Wheelchair Basketball 3×3; (5) Boxing; (6) Cycling (Mountain, Road, Track and Para-Track); (7) Gymnastics (Artistic and Rhythmic); (8) Hockey; (9) Judo; (10) Lawn Bowls (and Para); (11) Netball; (12) Rugby Sevens; (13) Squash; (14) Table Tennis; (15) Triathlon (and Para); (16) Weightlifting (and Para Powerlifting); and (17) Wrestling.
  • The confirmed venues for Birmingham 2022 are: Alexander Stadium (Athletics and Ceremonies); Arena Birmingham (Gymnastics); the NEC Arena (Badminton) and National Exhibition Centre (Boxing, Judo, Table Tennis, Weightlifting and Wrestling); University of Birmingham (Hockey and Squash); Villa Park (Rugby Sevens); Sandwell Aquatics Centre (Aquatics); Sutton Park (Triathlon); Cannock Chase (Mountain Biking); Coventry Arena (Netball); Royal Leamington Spa Bowling Centre (Lawn Bowls); Lee Valley VeloPark, London (Track Cycling).
  • In line with previous Games, the Cycling Road Race and Marathon routes will be confirmed closer to the Games; and ongoing venue-planning and technical assessments may necessitate event host arrangements being subject to change.
  • The sports and disciplines being considered as part of the Additional Sports Review and Costing are: Archery (Recurve); Cricket; Shooting (Clay Target, Full Bore, Pistol and Small Bore); Para-Table Tennis and Beach Volleyball (ie. the remaining optional sports in the CGF Constitution). The Organising Committee board will review the outcome of this scoping exercise in Spring 2019 before deciding whether to apply to the CGF to propose an increase to the confirmed sports programme or an increase to the CGF’s cap on athlete numbers.

Venue Introductions, Quotes and Contacts

Alexander Stadium (Athletics and Ceremonies)
The Alexander Stadium is an international-standard athletics venue located in the heart of the country that hosts major events, such as the Diamond League series and British Championships. It is also home to the world-famous Birchfield Harriers Athletics Club, and for Birmingham 2022 will be modernised with a post-Games permanent capacity of 20,000 – up from the current 12,700.

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said:
“For many years the Alexander Stadium has provided a stage for the best athletes from across the UK and wider world. Thanks to the redevelopment that is being enabled by the Birmingham 2022 Games, we will have a venue that will offer a modern and welcoming environment for the finest Commonwealth talent – and in legacy mode, provide the UK with its biggest and best athletics facility for future generations to use as part of a wider and enhanced community sport offer for Perry Barr and surrounding areas of the city.”

Website: www.birmingham.gov.uk/alexanderstadium
Social media: @bhamcitycouncil


Arena Birmingham (Gymnastics)
Arena Birmingham is one of the busiest, large scale indoor sporting and entertainment venues in the world and accommodates everything from music, sport and comedy, to family entertainment and live theatre. Situated in the heart of the UK, the multi-purpose venue hosts over 100 events and welcomes over half a million visitors through its doors annually, with a capacity that can range from a maximum of 15,800 down to 2,464 for more intimate events.

NEC Arena (Badminton) and National Exhibition Centre (Boxing, Judo, Table Tennis, Weightlifting and Wrestling)
The NEC – where brands are born, products are launched and networks are made occupies a 392-acre site in the borough of Solihull and welcomes around 2.4 million visitors each year to over 500 events. The UK’s number one venue offers unrivalled connectivity and flexibility with more than 186,000 square metres of covered exhibition space through 34 conference suites and 20 interconnecting halls, in addition to over 160 acres of hard standing ground and 75 acres of woodland.

Situated at the heart of the national motorway network and physically linked to both Birmingham Airport and Birmingham International Railway Station, 75% of the UK’s population are based within a three-hour drive time of the NEC and the venue has over 16,500 car parking spaces for visitors. In October 2015, Resorts World Birmingham – the UK’s first integrated destination and leisure complex – opened on the NEC site. The development has made the site a 24/7 visitor destination and supports the continued prosperity and growth of the NEC venue.

(Please note that for commercial reasons, the existing naming rights of venues do not apply at Games Time.)

Phil Mead, NEC Group Managing Director, Arenas, said:
“Here at NEC Group, we’re proud of our reputation for hosting world-class sporting events. Whether it’s this year’s IAAF World Indoor Championships, Yonex All England Badminton Championships or the Gymnastics World Cup in 2019, we can demonstrate a stellar track record of consistently amazing our visitors and fans. It’s a huge privilege to get involved in this project and get the chance to share our experience. Everyone working at our venues is excited at the prospect of hosting the Commonwealth Games on home turf and flying the flag for the city.”

Website: www.thenecgroup.com
Twitter: @thenecgroup @ArenaBirmingham @thenec @GentingArena
Facebook: NEC Birmingham Arena Birmingham


University of Birmingham (Hockey and Squash)
As one of the UK’s leading sporting universities, the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus will be the venue for squash and hockey competitions. The University’s award-winning £55 million Sport & Fitness Club includes 6 squash courts with adjustable walls for the larger doubles courts; and its 2,000m² indoor arena will house a spectacular all-glass court surrounded by over 2,000 spectator seats. The water-based hockey pitches will have over 4,000 seating capacity during the Games, with the stunning backdrop of the University’s iconic red-brick buildings.

The University’s other sports facilities, including its 50m training pool and 8-lane athletics track, create an ideal performance environment to make it a popular venue for pre-Games preparation for participating nations. The venues are just a 5 minute walk from the University train station, and well connected to national rail networks.

University of Birmingham Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir David Eastwood, said:
“The University of Birmingham is incredibly proud to be part of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and looks forward to hosting the hockey and squash competitions. The Games will provide an outstanding opportunity to welcome the world to our vibrant city, and to inspire our students and wider community in the pursuit of their own sporting ambitions.

“Birmingham is a global university and we have invested significantly in new sporting facilities so that they match the reputation we enjoy around the world. I look forward to welcoming athletes from every part of the Commonwealth to our beautiful campus and wish them every success for the Games.”

Website: www.birmingham.ac.uk https://www.sportandfitness.bham.ac.uk
Twitter/Facebook: @unibirmingham @news_ub @UBSportFitness


Villa Park (Rugby Sevens)
Villa Park is one of the oldest and most famous football stadiums in Europe. Aston Villa Football Club’s home since 1897, the ground sits in the shadow of the Jacobean stately home Aston Hall and has evolved over the years into a magnificent all-seated arena with a capacity of more than 42,000. It is no stranger to major events, having hosted matches at the 1966 World Cup, the European Championships in 1996 and two Rugby World Cup group stage fixtures in 2015. It is one of a select group of stadiums that have staged international fixtures over three different centuries, the first senior international taking place in 1899. Villa Park has also been the setting for concerts from music stars such as Bruce Springsteen, Barry White, Duran Duran, Take That and Bon Jovi.

Website: https://www.avfc.co.uk/villa-park
Social: AVFCOfficial


Sandwell Aquatics Centre (Aquatics)
Distance from Birmingham City Centre: 6 miles

Sandwell will be hosting the Swimming and Diving for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022. The new aquatics centre, which will be built in Smethwick, will feature an Olympic-sized 50 metre competition swimming pool, a 25m diving pool, and a community swimming pool. The seating capacity of the Pool is 1,000, rising to 5,000 with temporary seating during the Commonwealth Games.

Councillor Steve Eling, Leader of Sandwell Council, said:
“Sandwell is proud to be playing its part in the Commonwealth Games with the development of a landmark new centre in Smethwick that will host all the aquatics events.

“The brand new centre will be the icon of West Midlands quality provision that will serve both the Games and the community for years to come. We look forward to work starting on site.”

Website: www.sandwell.gov.uk/aquaticscentre
Facebook: @sandwellcouncil
Twitter: @sandwellcouncil
Instagram: @discoversandwell


Sutton Park (Triathlon)
Distance from Birmingham City Centre: 6 miles
Sutton Park is a 2,400 acre National Nature Reserve located 6 miles north of Birmingham city centre. It’s one of the largest urban parks in Europe and is designated as a National Nature Reserve, a Scheduled Ancient Monument and Site of Special Scientific Interest. The park has open heathland, woodlands, seven lakes, wetlands, and marshes – each with its own rich variety of plants and wildlife, some rarely seen in the region. Cattle and wild ponies graze on the land.

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said:
“The stunning scenery offered by Sutton Park will provide an eye-catching showcase for the Triathlon events and reveal one of our best-kept secrets for those unfamiliar with the city – that Birmingham is home to many parks and open spaces that are great for leisure, sport and recreation.”

Website: www.birmingham.gov.uk/suttonpark
Social media: @bhamcitycouncil


Cannock Chase (Mountain Biking)
Distance from Birmingham City Centre: 16 miles

Cannock Chase Forest is the West Midlands’ premier destination for mountain biking. It is home to the famous and much loved ‘Follow the Dog’ trail as well as the more technically demanding ‘Monkey Trail’. It also has other activities for a more relaxed forest adventure.

Sir Harry Studholme, Forestry Commission Chair, said:
“I am delighted that Cannock Chase Forest has been chosen to be the mountain bike venue for the Commonwealth Games in 2022. The Forestry Commission is integral to the story of British mountain biking. At our heart is a drive to get people out to enjoy sport and exercise outdoors in forests and woodlands.

“This is a fantastic endorsement of Cannock Chase Forest as the best mountain biking venue of the West Midlands. We are privileged to be working with the organising committee to help create a challenging venue for competitors and successful a 2022 Commonwealth Games.”

Website: www.forestryengland.uk/cannock-chase-forest
Facebook: cannockchaseforest


Coventry Arena (Netball)
Distance from Birmingham City Centre: 17 miles

The Coventry Arena is one of the leading indoor sporting venues in the Midlands and is home to two-time Superleague champions Wasps Netball. Alongside attracting around one thousand netball fans to each match, the arena has also hosted international sporting events such as snooker, darts, fencing and gymnastics.

(Please note that for commercial reasons, the existing naming rights of venues do not apply at Games Time.)

Nick Eastwood, Group Chief Executive at the Ricoh Arena and Wasps, said:
“We are delighted that the home of two-time Superleague champions Wasps Netball is being given this once-in-a-lifetime chance to host the sport on a global stage for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022.

“The Ricoh Arena’s Ericsson Indoor Arena has plenty of experience at successfully hosting domestic and international netball matches, making us perfectly poised to deliver a memorable experience for the thousands of visitors to the Ricoh Arena and the millions watching on TV.

“Netball is growing in popularity, particularly in the Midlands through the community work that Wasps Netball are doing with England Netball, and this announcement will really help to inspire generations before, during and after the Commonwealth Games.

“We look forward to working with various partners to ensure we maximise this opportunity for the wider Midlands.”

Website: www.ricoharena.com
Twitter: @RicohArena
Facebook: ricoharena


Royal Leamington Spa Bowling Centre (Lawn Bowls)
Distance from Birmingham City Centre: 21 miles

Warwick District Council’s Victoria Park is an iconic venue for the sport of lawn bowls across the globe, having hosted the Women’s World Championships twice, together with national and international events for more than 40 years. Based at the heart of Royal Leamington Spa, this world class venue is hosting Bowls and Para Bowls in the Commonwealth Games. Our recently appointed Commonwealth Games Project Manager, Christina Boxer, herself a Commonwealth Games medallist (1500 metres Gold at Brisbane in 1982 and Silver at Auckland in 1990) will be using her expertise to make the most of this opportunity for local people and to encourage the next generation of participants into this sport.

Noel Butler, Executive Member responsible for the Commonwealth Games and Portfolio Holder for Business said: “Warwick District is delighted that its Lawn Bowls facility at Leamington Spa is one of the many exciting venues being offered as part of Birmingham 2022, providing a platform to showcase our district to a worldwide audience. We are looking forward to working together with Bowls England, the local tourism industry, business and sports organisations to make the most of this wonderful opportunity.”


Lee Valley VeloPark (Track Cycling).
Distance from Birmingham City Centre: 102 miles

Lee Valley VeloPark is the only place in the world where visitors can experience track, BMX, mountain biking, and road cycling at one unique venue. The venue is home to the award-winning velodrome where Team GB set the London 2012 Games alight, and now plays host to major cycling events including Six Day London and the UCI Track Cycling World Cup.

Shaun Dawson, chief executive of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority said:
“We were delighted to support Birmingham 2022 when they approached us. Lee Valley VeloPark has a history of major international events and in 2022 will become the only venue in the world to have hosted an Olympics, World Cup and Commonwealth Games in the same sport.

Outside events, the venue is firmly established as a place where thousands of people cycle on the track, road, mountain and BMX circuits every year, enjoying this inspirational venue which is hugely popular with schools, community groups, clubs and corporates. The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority looks forward to welcoming Birmingham and the Commonwealth community in 2022.”

Website: www.visitleevalley.org.uk/velopark
Twitter: @LeeValleyVP
Facebook: Lee Valley VeloPark
Instagram: @leevalleyvp