Alexander Stadium

Walsall Road, Perry Barr

About the Alexander Stadium

One of the main venues for the Commonwealth Games, the Alexander Stadium will stage the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Athletes will also compete in track and field events from August 2 to 7 at the venue which has been transformed ahead of the Games.

With the new West Stand in place, the stadium will be able to hold 18,000 spectators in its permanent configuration, while additional temporary stands will increase the capacity to 30,000 for the Games.

First opened in 1976, the facility became the home of UK Athletics in 2011 following a refurbishment which saw the creation of the 5,000-seater East Stand on the backstraight.

Since holding its first Diamond League Meeting that year, the stadium went on to stage the British Grand Prix up until its closure for the redevelopment.

Post-Games, as well as continuing to stage major athletics events, the stadium will become a focal point for leisure and community activity within the regenerated Perry Barr district of Birmingham, which is receiving in excess of £700million investment ahead of Birmingham 2022.

Opening Information: The Alexander Stadium opens 2 hours before the session start time. Please note there is no parking at or near the venue, except for limited blue badge parking.

BSL Interpretation: BSL interpretation will be available at both our Opening and Closing Ceremonies being held at the stadium. If you wish to use this service and have have not yet been contacted, please contact us.

Accessibility: To help with access across the site, an internal and external Accessible Golf Buggy Service will be running. This venue also has a changing places toilet which is located in the West Stand.



Alexander Stadium Venue Map

Plan your Journey

Use the Games Journey Planner to map your route to the Games. Enter your starting location, and start typing the name of your Games Venue, select your Games session. The Journey Planner will recommend a personalised travel plan, and the carbon impact of each option.

For accessible shuttle buses or to book blue badge parking select the Blue Badge or Accessible Shuttles option and edit your date and proposed arrival time.

The taxi icon shows taxi ranks near each of the Games venues. The wheelchair icon shows the location of blue badge parking locations, please be aware that these are limited and need to be pre-booked. The bicycle icon shows the locations where West Midlands Cycle Hire docking stations are available.

Getting to the Alexander Stadium

More Travel Guidance Travel
  • Get Active

    If you’re travelling locally, walking or cycling will be the easiest way to get to the venue. Cycle parking will be available in close proximity to Alexander Stadium, with details to be confirmed closer to the Games. The designated walking route from Perry Bar station to the venue is shown on the map.

    There is a designated blue cycle route which runs along the A34 and provides direct access to Birmingham City Centre from Perry Barr. The route is approximately 6km long and takes approximately 25 minutes to cycle.

    Cycle hire is available across the West Midlands. Bikes are available 24/7, with docking stations at major bus, metro and train stations, visitor attractions and city or town centres.

  • Take the Bus

    There are several bus services which serve the stadium and Perry Barr from across the region.

    A shuttle bus service will be provided, picking up at James Watt Queensway in Birmingham City Centre and dropping off at the new transport mall, which is a 50-150m walk to the stadium entrance.

    Please check the Games Journey Planner for more detail on the best bus route to use for the venue. We aim to ensure all shuttle bus services are fully accessible and there will be assistance available for those requiring it.

  • Catch The Train

    Catch the train to Perry Barr station. From there, it is a 25-minute walk to the venue.

    Perry Barr station has step free access to all platforms. If you require assistance, please book this via the relevant train operator in advance of your journey.

    An accessible shuttle service will run between Perry Barr Station and the venue. An accessible shuttle service will also run from Birmingham New Street (exit to Smallbrook Queensway).

Alexander Stadium Transport Map

What to expect

With nearly 60 medal events, including a fully integrated Para Sport programme, athletics will once again take centre stage at the Commonwealth Games and there will be no shortage of memorable moments.   A fan favourite at any Games, the variety of events   taking place means there is something for everyone and always plenty happening on the track and in the field. 

All of the usual sprints, distance races, throws, jumps and relays will be included, as well as the decathlon and heptathlon, where the athletes will compete for two long days. There will also be 10km race walks held on the track for both men and women.

Para athletics is an important part of the programme. Events are set to include the T33/34 100m for women, a T53/54 1500m for men, and a mixed 4x100m universal relay

In addition to the sport there will be plenty to see and do at the Alexander Stadium. You can ‘Have a go’ at a selection of athletics challenges and maybe even meet an athlete or Perry the Bull, Birmingham 2022’s official mascot.


Games begin in:


28 July - 8 August 2022