University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre

University of Birmingham, Birmingham, West Midlands

About the University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham will be the venue for the squash and hockey events during the 2022 Commonwealth Games, as well as housing the principal Athletes’ Village.

The two international-standard hockey pitches, built in 2017 as part of the £10 million ($14 million/€11.5 million) outdoor facilities redevelopment, have been re-carpeted in advance of the Games.

Temporary seating for around 6,000 spectators and accredited guests will be built around the main competition pitch.

In 2017, the University opened a new £55 million ($76.57 million/€63.4 million) Sport & Fitness Centre which comprises six squash courts with adjustable walls for larger doubles courts during the Games.

The 2,000m square indoor arena will also house an all-glass squash court, featuring more than 2,000 seats for spectators and accredited guests.

Other sporting facilities at the University include a 50m swimming pool and athletics track.

Accessibility: A range of temporary and existing accessible facilities will be available which includes a changing places toilet.

Accessible Golf Buggy: To help with access across the site, an Accessible Golf Buggy Service will be running between the University Station and the venue.

What to expect

Squash is a racket sport played on a four-walled court. Competitors seek to out manoeuvre their opponents using superior speed, agility and reflexes, striking the ball with a lightning snap of their wrists. The small rubber ball travels at speeds of up to 280km per hour, ricocheting off walls. You’ll soon see why these players are regarded as some of the fittest athletes in the world.

Hockey is 60 minutes of full-throttle sporting action, where speed, skill, stamina and determination will prevail. Players will dribble, pass, weave and shoot while putting their bodies on the line in the pursuit of victory.

Boasting some of the world’s best men’s and women’s Hockey teams, the competition is sure to be intense.

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


Games begin in:


28 July - 8 August 2022