The BBC will broadcast the official start of this year’s Commonwealth Games live from the Alexander Stadium
This summer, the Commonwealth Games are returning to England and Birmingham is preparing for the opening ceremony. Organizers have announced that the opening ceremony will be officiated by Duran Duran at Alexander Stadium.
When is the 2022 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony?
The Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony will take place on Thursday 28 July at Alexander Stadium.
When is the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games?
The Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony will be held at Alexander Stadium from 8pm to 11pm. The stadium will also host the athletics as well as the closing ceremony.
Who will perform at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony?
Duran Duran will lead the opening ceremony in her hometown of Birmingham. Formed in Birmingham in 1978, Duran Duran was a chart leading figure in the 1980s and early 1990s with notable hits such as Hungry Like the Wolf, Ordinary Girls and Girls on Film.
Singer Simon Le Bon said: “The 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham is a momentous moment for the great city of Birmingham and we at Duran Duran are honored to be a part of it in our hometown.”
The same bill will feature Black Sabbath’s Tony Lommi and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). A 1,000-strong choir and the arrival of the Queen’s Baton will also feature.
The Commonwealth Games ceremony will be produced by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight at an event that will showcase Birmingham, Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Sutton Coldfield and Cannock Chase to the world. Auditions for the opening ceremony began last summer with 1,700 people between the ages of 18 and 80 competing for a seat at the historic event.
Another 205 production assistants and 30 professional staff have made around 3,500 costumes in preparation for the ceremony since early 2022.
What happens at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games?
The Opening Ceremony will be the formal opening of the Commonwealth Games.
During the ceremony we see the raising of the flags, the parade of athletes and welcome speeches. There will be an artistic performance that will showcase the culture of the host country.
The opening ceremony also concludes the Queen’s baton and at the end of the ceremony the last runner passes the baton back to the Queen or her representative who reads a message to officially open the games.
How to watch the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games
The BBC will cover the entire competition including the opening ceremony, in total they will show over 200 hours of action in up to 11 live streams.
Matches will be broadcast on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Three. Reporting is also broadcast BBC iPlayerthe BBC Sport and Red Button website.
Who will present the Commonwealth Games?
Hazel Irvine, Care Balding, Gabby Logan, Jason Mohmmad, Holly Hamiliton and Ayo Akinwolere will report live on television daily from the Centenary Square studio in Birmingham.
Commonwealth gold medalists Max Whitlock and Beth Tweedle will join an expert panel of analysts, which will also include Olympic gold medalists Michael Johnson, Denise Lewis and Jess Ennis-Hill, who will cover athletics.
Other former athletes covering the Games include Sir Chris Hoy, Rebecca Adlington, Ellie Simmons, Mark Foster and Ama Agbeze.
How do I get tickets for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games?
Anyone wishing to purchase tickets for the games can do so via the official website. Tickets are still available for the opening and closing ceremonies of the summer event.
Applicants must create an account and select the sports and sessions they wish to participate in.
Further information is available directly on the ticket page.