Sandwell Aquatics Centre

Smethwick

About Sandwell Aquatics Centre

The Sandwell Aquatics Centre is the only brand-new venue for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

It houses a swimming and diving competition pool and this venue will host more medal events than any other venue. A temporary swimming and para swimming warm-up pool has also been built at the facility, as well as a dry dive training area.

After the Games, the venue will be reconfigured, including the removal of the 4,000 temporary seats, and additional leisure facilities will be added before the centre reopens as a community facility in the summer of 2023.

Accessibility: The venue is in a residential area with hard standing pedestrian footpaths. There will be a host of temporary accessible facilities located in our fan zone including a changing places toilet.

Late Finish Sessions

Swimming and Para Swimming Session, Tuesday 2 August, 7PM - 10PM

Due to the finishing time of these sessions, make sure you plan your journey home in advance. If travelling from further afield, why not enjoy the Birmingham night life and book accommodation in the city, or if you need to head home consider using the Park & Ride.

Sandwell Aquatics Centre 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 Sandwell Aquatics Centre

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Sandwell Aquatics Centre Transport Map

What to expect

Witness swimmers, Para swimmers and divers take to the water in this, magnificent brand-new, state-of-the-art facility.

For Swimming and Para Swimming, six days of competition will showcase individual and team events in all four swimming strokes and medley events. Distances vary from 50m to 1500m.

There are 25 swimming and Para swimming events for men, plus 25 for women, plus there are mixed relay events too.

Once the swimming competition has ended, the diving will get underway and this includes 1m and 3m springboard events, along with the 10m platform event. For the first time ever at the Commonwealth Games, there will also be mixed synchronised diving.

In addition to the sport there will be plenty to see and do at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre. You can take part in our ‘have a go’ activities and maybe even meet an athlete or Perry the Bull, Birmingham 2022’s official mascot.

About the area - What to do and where to stay

Sandwell Aquatics centre is in the heart of the West Midlands in the  Black Country, long-known for its industrial heritage. It’s also home to 1,200 hectares of  award-winning parks, playing fields and open spaces. Unexpected, perhaps, but they all add up to a range of green spaces to explore – from our ‘jewel in the crown’  Sandwell Valley in West Bromwich to nature reserves dotted all over the borough. 

Sandwell has some of the most important and interesting historic buildings in the West Midlands, where visitors can discover the fascinating stories of those who lived and worked in these buildings. There’s a lively programme of events, exhibitions and activities for all ages, rooms to hire, wedding venues, creative learning activities and leisure centres. 

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