Former Smithfield Market site, Birmingham

About Smithfield

Formerly the site of Birmingham’s Wholesale Markets, Smithfield will be the home of the beach volleyball and basketball 3x3 competitions during the Commonwealth Games.

The site was cleared in 2018 as part of a £1.9bn regeneration project that will reimagine 14 hectares of land in the heart of the city centre into a new community that will feature 3,000 new homes and create 8,000 jobs.

Ahead of this, the site will be transformed from blank canvas into a vibrant venue for the Games which also includes the Smithfield Festival Site.

The basketball 3x3 and beach volleyball venues are expected to seat 2,500 and 4,000 spectators respectively.

The Smithfield Market was opened in 1817 on the site in place of the demolished Birmingham Manor House in a bid to bring all the city’s various markets to one place.

During the 1970s, Birmingham City Council cleared the site for the construction of the Inner Ring Road, the Bull Ring shopping centre and the new Wholesale Market.

Considered one of the largest in Europe, the Wholesale Market was moved to a new purpose-built premises at the Hub in Witton in 2018.

Accessibility: The site will have step free access, excellent public transport links and offer temporary accessible facilities such as a changing places toilet. This is an outdoor venue without cover.


What to expect

Basketball 3x3, Wheelchair Basketball 3x3 and Beach Volleyball will all be staged at Smithfield this summer.

Basketball 3 x3 and Wheelchair Basketball 3x3 are making their Commonwealth Games debut at Birmingham 2022, though full court basketball has been included in previous editions of the Games.

The basketball 3x3 format sees teams of three play on a court with a single hoop, with four competitions being held for men, women, men’s wheelchair and women’s wheelchair.

In beach volleyball, spectators will see teams of two take to the beach in fiercely contested men’s and women’s tournaments filled with serves and spikes.

In addition to the sport there will be plenty to see and do at Smithfield. Visit the Festival Site before your session to take part in our have a go activities, maybe even meet an athlete or Perry the Bull, Birmingham 2022’s official mascot.


Games begin in:


28 July - 8 August 2022