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.