Birmingham has an impressive track record of delivering large international sporting events, recently hosting: the ICC Champions Trophy and The Ashes at Edgbaston; Rugby World Cup fixtures at Villa Park; Diamond League athletics meetings at the Alexander Stadium; World and European Indoor Athletics Championships; Davis Cup tennis; the Classic tennis championships at the Edgbaston Priory Club; the All England Open Badminton Championships; European and World Gymnastics Championships; International Netball, and the UCI BMX Championships.

This year will also see Birmingham hosting the IAAF World Indoors Athletics Championships and the Gymnastics World Cup.