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.


Smithfield 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 Smithfield

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 is available throughout the city centre. The designated walking route from Birmingham New Street Station to the venue is shown on the map.

    Bike 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.

  • Catch the Train

    Catch the train to Birmingham New Street station. From there, you can walk to the venue. Birmingham Moor Street and Birmingham Snow Hill stations are also a short walk away.

    Birmingham New Street Station has step free access to all platforms and an assisted travel lounge. If you require assistance, please book this via the relevant train operator in advance of your journey.

  • Ride the Metro

    Take the Metro to the Grand Central Stop and walk from there to the venue.

    This stop has step free access to the venue – please follow the designated walking route.

Smithfield Transport Map

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