University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre

University of Birmingham, Birmingham

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. Please note there is no parking at or near the venue, except for limited blue badge parking.

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.

UoB Hockey Centre Venue Map
UoB Squash 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 University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre

Travel Guidance Travel
  • Get Active

    If you’re travelling locally, walking or cycling will be the easiest way to get to the venue. The University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre is well served by a dedicated cycle lane on the A38. From Birmingham city centre it takes approximately 20 minutes. Cycle parking will be provided on the University campus. Please be aware some cycle paths may become busy at peak periods.

    The designated walking route to the venue is from University Station and is shown on the map.

  • Catch the Train

    Catch the train to University Station, which offers quick connections from Birmingham New Street. University Station is served by West Midlands trains on the cross-city line between Birmingham New Street and Worcester. From there, you can walk to the venue.

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

  • Take the Bus

    There are a number of bus services from Birmingham City Centre to the University of Birmingham. Click here for further information regarding these services.

    Please check the Games Journey Planner for more detail on the best bus route to get to the venue. We aim to ensure all bus services are fully accessible and there will be assistance available for those requiring it.
    Accessible Shuttle Bus
    An accessible shuttle bus will also be running from Smallbrook before and after sessions. From here you can walk to the venue. See Games Journey Planner to plan your trip.

UoB Transport Map

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.

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28 July - 8 August 2022

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