Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games: full list of venues

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This is the third time that England has hosted the Commonwealth Games, having previously held tournaments in London in 1934 and Manchester in 2002.

There will be a total of 19 sports and eight parasports over the course of this year’s competition – making it the largest sports program ever for the Commonwealth Games.

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Ahead of the games, here’s everything you need to know about the venues hosting events throughout the summer.

The Alexander Stadium (Getty Images)

Where will the 2022 Commonwealth Games take place?

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During the 11-day competition, 15 venues in and around Birmingham will host major events.

  • Alexander Stadium, Birmingham
  • Birmingham Arena
  • Cannock Chase Forest
  • Coventry Stadium and Arena (Ricoh Arena)
  • Edbaston cricket ground
  • Lee Valley Velo Park
  • The National Exhibition Center (NEC)
  • Sandwell watersports center
  • blacksmith field
  • Sutton Park
  • University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre
  • Victoria Park
  • Victoria Square
  • Warwick
  • West Park

Alexander Stadium

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The Alexander Stadium will be the main venue for the Commonwealth Games and will host both the opening and closing ceremonies.

Athletes will compete in athletics events at this venue from August 2nd to 7th. The stadium will seat 18,000 spectators in its permanent configuration, while additional temporary stands will increase the capacity to 30,000.

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Arena Birmingham

Arena Birmingham will host athletics and a number of other indoor events during the Games.

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It is a multi-purpose venue and the arena’s capacity can vary from 15,800 to 2,464 for more intimate events.

Cannock Chase Forest

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Cannock Chase Forest hosts sports such as mountain biking and cycling events. Those purchasing tickets for these events will be able to watch from a viewing area at the start and finish line of the course.

Coventry Arena and Stadium

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Coventry City Football Club’s stadium is used for sports such as judo and wrestling.

The soccer field has a total of 32,600 seats and has been the home stadium of the Sky Blues since 2005.

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The Coventry Building Society Arena is home to Coventry City Football Club

Edbaston

This year’s Commonwealth Games will introduce women’s T20 cricket and all matches will be played at Edgbaston.

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Edgbaston has a capacity of 25,000 and is home to Warwickshire County Cricket Club and its T20 team, the Birmingham Bears.

Edgbaston during a game between Warwickshire and Somerset. (Getty Images)

Lee Valley Velo Park

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The park, which first opened in 2014, will host the indoor cycling events. The Velopark is a venue that combines the four Olympic cycling disciplines: velodrome, BMX, road bike and mountain bike.

The NEC

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The National Exhibition Center (NEC) is an indoor arena near Birmingham Airport. Events such as badminton, boxing and table tennis take place here.

Sandwell watersports center

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Specially built for this year’s Commonwealth Games, the Sandwell Aquatics Center is a brand new venue. The center has a swimming pool and a diving competition pool.

Smithfields

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Smithfields is located in the heart of Birmingham city centre, south east of the Bull Ring Markets. Events such as basketball, wheelchair basketball and beach volleyball are shown.

Sutton Park

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Sutton Park will host triathlon and para-triathlon events, using Powell’s Pool, the park and local roads to host the three triathlon disciplines.

University of Birmingham Hockey and Squash Centre

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The University of Birmingham has a purpose built arena where all hockey and squash matches are held. Temporary seating can accommodate up to 6,000 people.

Victoria Park

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Leamington Spa Park will host the Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls during the Commonwealth Games; A capacity of around 5,000 is expected.

Victoria Square

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Birmingham Square will be used as a landmark for the start and finish points of the marathon events.

Warwick Road Race

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The world’s best cyclists will gather at Myton Fields on the penultimate day of the Commonwealth Games to take part in the road race.

West Park

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Wolverampton’s West Park will host the start and finish of the cycling time trial. The historic park, which opened in 1881, was described by Birmingham 2022 CEO Ian Reid as the perfect backdrop for the time trials and felt it was essential in bringing the games to the entire West Midlands.

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