Commonwealth Games 2022 venues and stadiums in Birmingham

That Commonwealth Games 2022 takes place from July 28th to August 8th in Birmingham, UK.

Birmingham, the UK’s third busiest metro area in the West Midlands region, is this year’s designated host city for the quadrennial flagship project.

However, the 280 medal events in 20 different sports at the Commonwealth Games 2022 will be staged at 15 venues in nine different towns and cities across the UK. These include Birmingham, London, Cannock Chase, Coventry, Royal Leamington Spa, Sandwell, Solihull, Warwick and Wolverhampton.

Seven of the venues are in Birmingham, while all but one of the others are also in the West Midlands of the UK. The only exception is the Lee Valley VeloPark in the south-east city of London, where the cycling events will take place.

Here is an overview:

Venues for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

Alexander Stadium – Birmingham

events: Athletics

Established in 1976, Alexander Stadium in the suburban Perry Barr area of ​​Birmingham is the main venue for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. It has recently been refurbished to fulfill the function and will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the alongside the athletics and para-athletics events host Birmingham Games.

Arena Birmingham – Birmingham

events: gymnastics

The Arena Birmingham, the main indoor arena for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, is located close to the city center and is a multi-purpose venue that has previously hosted major events including the Badminton World Championships, World Indoor Championships in Athletics and the All England Open, among others . During CWG 2022, Arena Birmingham, which first opened in 1991, will be home to the gymnasts, with both artistic and rhythmic gymnastics events planned at the state-of-the-art facility.

Edgbaston Ground – Birmingham

events: Cricket (Women T20I)

Cricket returns to the Commonwealth Games program after 24 years in the form of women’s T20Is, the iconic game Edgbaston cricket ground will host all games. With a rich history dating back to 1882, Edgbaston Cricket Stadium has been a regular venue for international cricket and has been the stage for some historic cricket achievements including Brian Lara’s world record of 501 which was not set in 1994 when he won for Warwickshire played Durham. It is still the highest score in first class cricket.

Edgbaston Cricket Ground was also the venue for the inaugural Women’s Cricket World Cup Final in 1973.

Sutton Park-Birmingham

events: Triathlon

One of the UK’s largest urban parks, Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield, about 10km north of Birmingham city center, will host the triathlon events at CWG 2022. With its lush nature preserve, seven lakes including the 28-acre Powell’s Pool, and local trails and roads, Sutton Park offers the perfect topography for triathlons.

University of Birmingham – Birmingham

events: ice hockey, squash

The University of Birmingham campus has two international standard hockey pitches built in 2017 and six squash courts housed in the state-of-the-art sports and fitness center which was inaugurated that same year. All hockey and squash games are played here.

In addition, the University of Birmingham campus will also be the principal The Village of Athletesthe facility that will house the majority of competing athletes during the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Smithfield-Birmingham

events: 3×3 basketball, beach volleyball, marathon (start)

Smithfield, located on Southside, was the site of the famous Birmingham Wholesale Market until 2018. With commercial operations moving to the newly constructed hub in Witton, the open space has been converted into a temporary arena to host the 3×3 basketball and beach volleyball events during the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The marathon and wheelchair marathon events will also be hosted by Smithfield start off.

Victoria Square-Birmingham

events: Marathon (goal)

Often considered the heart of Birmingham, Victoria Square is a pedestrian square and the city’s tourist hub, surrounded by important buildings such as the City Hall and Council House. It will be the finishing point of the CWG 2022 marathon events.

Cannock Chase Forest – Cannock Chase District

events: Cycling (mountain biking)

North of the hustle and bustle of Birmingham, the scenic woodlands of Cannock Chase Forest in the Birches Valley, Rugeley will be the venue for the mountain bike cycling event during the Birmingham Games. A popular destination for cyclists, both amateur and professional, Cannock Chase Forest is also a popular destination for adventure sports junkies and cross-country runners.

Coventry Stadium and Arena – Coventry

events: Rugby 7, judo, wrestling

The legendary Coventry Stadium is home to popular English football club Coventry City FC, former FA Cup champions, and Premiership rugby team Wasps. Opened in 2005, Coventry Stadium hosted 12 football matches during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The adjacent facilities at Coventry Arena, which houses Coventry Stadium, will be the proving ground for wrestlers and judokas during the Birmingham Games. The Coventry Arena was formerly the Ricoh Arena.

Sandwell Water Sports Center – Sandwell

events: Water sports (swimming and diving)

Built exclusively for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Sandwell Aquatics Center in the metropolitan area of ​​Sandwell is an indoor facility featuring an Olympic-size swimming pool and a 10m diving board overlooking a 25m pool. The state-of-the-art facility will be used to host the swimming and diving aquatic events during CWG 2022.

National Exhibition Center – Solihull

events: netball, weightlifting/powerlifting, table tennis, boxing, badminton

The UK’s largest exhibition venue, the National Exhibition Center in Solihull, a neighboring town to Birmingham, will be busiest during the 2022 Commonwealth Games with five different sports at the venue.

Inaugurated by Queen Elizabeth II in 1976, the NEC will host weightlifting/powerlifting (Hall 1), table tennis (Hall 3), boxing (Hall 4) and badminton (Hall 5). Meanwhile, the main multipurpose indoor arena known as the NEC Arena or Resorts World Arena, located in the National Exhibition Center (NEC), will be the destination for netball lovers.

Interestingly, the NEC Arena also serves as a music concert venue and opened in 1980 with a performance by the popular British rock band Queen featuring the legendary Freddie Mercury.

West Park – Wolverhampton

events: cycling (time trial)

Wolverhampton’s pride and joy, West Park, will host the CWG 2022 men’s and women’s time trial events. Established in 1881, West Park covers 48 hectares and is often cited as a fine example of traditional Victorian parkland in Britain. Home of Premier League football team Wolverhampton Wanderers, Molineux Stadium is a stone’s throw from West Park.

Myton Fields – Warwick

events: Cycling (road racing)

The road races on August 7th, the penultimate day, take place at Myton Fields in Warwick. Around 160 of the world’s best cyclists will gather for the events.

Victoria Park – Royal Leamington Spa

events: lawn bowling

Established in 1899 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, Victoria Park is located in Royal Leamington Spa, a spa town in Warwickshire. Originally a village called Leamington Priors, the area grew in popularity as a spa resort due to the medicinal quality of the water in the area.

Victoria Park is considered by many to be one of the UK’s finest bowling greens and annually hosts events such as the Bowls England National Championships. It was also the venue for the 1996 and 2004 Women’s Lawn Bowling World Championships and the 2007 European Race-Walking Cup.

Victoria Park is close to Warwick and in fact the route for the road cycling races also runs around the edge of Victoria Park.

Lee Valley Velo Park – London

events: cycling (race track)

The Lee Valley VeloPark is the cycling center of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, east London. Built for the London 2012 Olympic Games, the facility first opened in 2011 and hosted the Summer Games cycling events.

After London 2012, the facility opened to the public in 2014. Lee Valley VeloPark has facilities for all four types of Olympic cycling, namely track, BMX, road and mountain. However, only the velodrome will be used for the track events of the CWG 2022.

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