Like previous editions of the Commonwealth Games, Birmingham 2022 is running two public ballots to apply for tickets, which we think is the fairest way of giving everyone a chance to be at the Games:
Early Ticket Release
Open 14–30 July 2021
Open to everyone
Open 8–30 September 2021
Residents of the West Midlands, including people living in the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, can apply for an early release of tickets from 14-30 July.
West Midlands Ballot:
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The Main Ballot, which will take place 8–30 September 2021, will be open to everyone. The majority of tickets will be available in the Main Ballot.
Tickets start from £8 for under 16s and £15 for adults. There are also £22 tickets available for every session of the Games, including medal sessions, and for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
How to Apply
Applying for tickets in the West Midlands Ballot is simple – here’s how:
Plan Your Games
Each day is broken down into ‘sessions’. Some sessions include finals where medal winners will be decided, and some will include medal ceremonies. If you’re successful in the ballot, each ticket will provide access to one of the sessions that you applied for.
Decide your budget before applying. Ticket prices start from £8 for under 16s and £15 for adults. You will be able to view all prices when you log in.
It’s not first come, first served, so gather your friends and family and plan which tickets you want to apply for by browsing our full competition schedule.
Create Your Account
To apply for tickets, you first need to create a ticketing account. Visit the ticketing site to create one.
Apply for Tickets
From 14 July, head to the ticketing site to select the sessions, the number of tickets, and the price of the tickets you would like to apply for. You can apply for multiple sessions.
It’s not a lucky dip, so if you request tickets for netball you won’t be given tickets for table tennis. If you ask for four tickets to a session, you will either be successful or unsuccessful in your application for all four tickets. You will not be offered one, two or three tickets instead.
Only one application can be submitted but if you change your mind about which tickets you want to apply for, simply withdraw the application and re-submit a new one. Just make sure you’ve submitted an application you’re happy with before the ballot closing date.
After the West Midlands Ballot closes on 30 July, the ballot will be run. If you are successful in receiving tickets, you will be notified by email within 30 days and payment will be taken in full within 72 hours of the email notification. If you are unsuccessful, you’ll still be able to apply for tickets in the Main Ballot, 8–30 September.
When applying, please ensure you have sufficient funds to cover the total cost of your ticket request and your payment card hasn’t expired.
Good To Know:
Handy tips about the ballot
Tickets are sold by the session
The sporting action at Birmingham 2022 is split into sessions, with a number of events taking place in each session. Most sports have more than one session in a day. You can browse all of our sport 286 sessions and both Ceremonies on our competition schedule.
Your Ballot Application
While the ballot is open, you can apply for tickets to any session during the Games. For each session there is a limit of either 4, 8, or 10 tickets. You’ll find this detail on the ticket selection page.
There is a maximum of one application per household. Submitted applications can be cancelled at any time prior to the closing of the ballot.
There are no fees in addition to the cost of your tickets but please consider donating to our charity partners, details for which can be found on the checkout page.
You must be 18 or over to apply for tickets. Terms and Conditions apply.
Billing address of the payment card provided when entering a Ballot must be the same as the Ticket Purchaser’s delivery address.
When selecting your sessions, you’ll find an indicator of each one’s availability near its pricing information. You can increase your chances in the ballot by selecting sessions that are highlighted as having ‘Availability’, as opposed to sessions marked as ‘High Demand’.
About Price Categories
Birmingham 2022 has a maximum of five price categories for each session. Where a session has more than one price band available, Category A tickets will be in the best location for that particular sport and closest to the action. Categories B, C, D & E will be further away from the action .
The lowest price category tickets are furthest away from the action, situated in the back few rows of stands or in upper tiers. All price categories offer a great Games experience.
A ‘General Admission’ ticket gives a spectator access into an area, meaning they can sit in any available seat in that designated area.
Your Ticketing Account
Even if you’ve already registered your interest in the games or signed up to be a volunteer, you’ll still need to create a separate account to apply for tickets. It’s fine to use the same email address.