Top ways to experience the Commonwealth Games

 The National Indoor Arena (NIA) is one of the busiest, large scale indoor sporting and entertainment venues in Europe.

 

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games promises one colourful summer, with many shared celebrations. Taking place at venues across the West Midlands in the heart of the UK, from the cities of Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton to the parks of Royal Leamington Spa and Royal Sutton Coldfield, you’ll find sport is just the beginning.

The Queen’s Baton Relay

Taking place in the run-up to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Queen’s Baton Relay will make its way to all corners of the Commonwealth, visiting and connecting 72 nations and territories across a 294-day period. The 16th official running of the event commenced in October 2021 as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II placed a message for the Commonwealth within the baton. Her Majesty, or one of her representatives, will then receive the baton at the end of its journey, with the message read out at the opening ceremony to mark the start of the Games.

Did you know? Ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, more than 8,000 bearers carried the baton a distance of more than 230,000km!

Key sports and venues

There will be many shared celebrations in Birmingham, with the women’s cricket, basketball 3x3, wheelchair basketball 3x3 and mixed synchronised diving all making their debut at the Games. Around 4,500 elite athletes will compete across 19 sports at a number of different venues in the West Midlands. Each is easily accessible from major rail and road routes, with local bus, train and tram travel included with tickets. Shuttle bus services will also operate between the main venues.

The newly renovated Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr, just to the north of Birmingham city centre, will host the athletics and the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games. The city’s premier cricketing venue, Edgbaston, to the south of the city centre, will host the women’s T20 competition, with rugby sevens, judo and wrestling taking centre stage in Coventry Stadium and Arena.

Both basketball 3x3 and beach volleyball will take place at Smithfield, a temporary Games venue in the heart of Birmingham, just a five-minute walk from New Street station. The diving and swimming competitions will make a splash at the brand new Sandwell Aquatics Centre, in Smethwick, just to the west of central Birmingham.

If you’re a fan of badminton, boxing, table tennis, netball and weightlifting, you’ll be able to catch the action at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), close to Birmingham Airport, while a number of parks across the region will host cycling, triathlon and lawn bowls events.

Getting tickets

For the latest information on event and festival tickets, go to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games official site.

Fan zones

From the opening and closing ceremonies to a world-class arts festival, fan zones and the Queen’s Baton Relay, Birmingham 2022 will be a region-wide celebration of art and culture. The arts festival will show the West Midlands in a new creative light and the live sites will allow locals and visitors an opportunity to experience the thrill and excitement of every single event.

 

Restrictions on travel to and around Britain are in place due to Covid-19. You are encouraged to always check individual websites for the latest information, as details are subject to change.

13 Jan 2022(last updated)