The Centenary Square studio overlooks some of Birmingham’s most famous landmarks
With the 2022 Commonwealth Games underway in Birmingham, the BBC was right in the middle of the action, providing coverage, commentary and analysis to sports fans around the world.
In all, the BBC will broadcast a total of 200 hours of live coverage over the duration of the Commonwealth Games. Platforms include BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Three, while events are also streamed on BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website.
England is hosting the Commonwealth Games for the third time in its history, previous games having been held in London in 1934 and Manchester in 2002.
The BBC Studio took center stage at the event, with the eyes of the world on England’s second largest city.
Where is the BBC studio for the 2022 Commonwealth Games?
BBC Sport’s main studio for the Commonwealth Games is located in Centenary Square, an iconic area in the heart of Birmingham city center and is part of the Commonwealth Games Merchandising Megastore on the Square.
The BBC Studio was built in collaboration between Birmingham City Council and Cube Management who built the BBC’s megastore and main studio which will be located at the top.
BBC Major Events Executive Producer Jonny Bramley said: “It’s a real sight, the location will give viewers a taste of Birmingham and the excitement of the Games.”
The 60-metre-long Commonwealth Games megastore and BBC Studios website is estimated to have cost £16m to develop.
What landmarks can be seen from the BBC studios in Birmingham?
Directly behind the speakers is the 10-story Birmingham Library, which at 31,000 square feet is one of the largest public libraries in the world. In the golden cylinder that towers over the building is the Shakespeare Memorial Room, which houses works associated with the well-known playwright.
To the left of the presenters is the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the city’s producing theater which includes three stages and a restaurant. Opened in 1913, it is one of Britain’s longest-established indoor theater companies.
The studio also overlooks Symphony Hall, a £30million concert hall considered one of the best in the world. Officially opened by the Queen in 1991, it is home to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
The games started on Thursday July 28th and will run until Monday August 8th. 72 nations and territories are participating in this year’s Commonwealth Games and it is the largest sports program in the history of the competitions.