This year is the 22nd Commonwealth Games and Birmingham will host it for the first time
What is the host city of the 2022 Commonwealth Games?
Birmingham, located in the West Midlands region of England, will host the Commonwealth Games for the first time ever.
Birmingham is the second largest city in the United Kingdom with a population of 1,140,500 according to Birmingham City Council mid-year 2020 population estimates.
It was announced back in 2017 that the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) had chosen Birmingham as the host city for the 2022 Games.
Ian Metcalfe, Chairman of the Commonwealth Games England, said at the time: “I am delighted that the Commonwealth Games Federation has awarded the 2022 Games to England and Birmingham.
£I am particularly happy for all the Team England athletes who will have the immense privilege of competing at home games, supported by many thousands of proud England fans.
“England has a proud tradition of welcoming the world to our country, creating fantastic sporting events, culture and the warmest welcome for the whole Commonwealth movement. We can’t wait to welcome back the Commonwealth in 2022.”
The city will host the Trampoline World Championships and the International Blind Sport World Games next year and will find out later this year if a bid to host the 2026 European Athletics Championships has been successful.
Where are the venues for the games?
The 2022 Commonwealth Games events will be spread across a number of different venues, seven of which are in the city of Birmingham.
These are the venues and what events they will host.
Venues in Birmingham
The other venues
- Cannock Chase Forest, Cannock Chase County: To go biking – mountain biking
- Coventry Arena, Coventry: Judo and Wrestling
- Coventry Stadium, Coventry: Rugby Sevens
- Sandwell Aquatics Centre, Sandwell: Water sports – swimming and diving
- National Exhibition Centre, Solihull: Netball, Weightlifting/Powerlifting, Table Tennis, Boxing and Badminton
- West Park, Wolverhampton: Cycling – Time Trial
- Myton Fields, Warwick: Cycling – Road Racing
- Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa: Lawn Bowling
- Lee Valley VeloPark, London: Cycling – Track
Where will the opening and closing ceremonies take place?
The opening and closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games are held at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.
The Opening Ceremony begins today, Thursday, July 28, with the pre-show beginning at 7:15 p.m.
The opening ceremony is scheduled to end at 10:30pm and Duran Duran will lead the event.
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.”
Black Sabbath’s Tony Lommi and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) will also perform during the big event.
Throughout the ceremony we will see flag raising, a parade of athletes and welcome speeches, as well as an artistic performance designed to showcase what Birmingham has to offer.
The ceremony ends with the Queen’s batonwith the final season running, returning the baton to the Queen or her representative, who reads a message to the crowd to officially open the games.
The game will take place from Thursday 28th July to Monday 8th August.