The daily schedule for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has been released today (Friday 16 October 2020), with the organisers confirming which sports will be held on each of the 11 days of competition and urging fans to sign-up for ticket updates, as planning for the Games accelerates.
The first day of competition is packed with action and is set to feature an impressive 14
different sports. This includes Basketball 3×3 at the recently announced venue at Smithfield
in the centre of Birmingham, Artistic Gymnastics at Arena Birmingham, and Hockey and
Squash, which will take place at the University of Birmingham, unveiled last month as a major
partner for the Games.
Women’s cricket T20, added to the programme in August last year, will be also begin at
Edgbaston Stadium on Friday 29 July and the aquatics programme will start on the same day
with the swimmers getting the action underway at the brand new Sandwell Aquatics Centre,
which is currently under construction.
Cycling, Team Scotland’s most successful sport at Gold Coast 2018 with four gold, four silver and two bronze medals, also begins on Day 1, with Track Cycling first up at Lee Valley Velopark. The NEC Arena will be a hive of activity on the first day of competition, as Badminton, Boxing, Netball and Table Tennis get underway.
The Games, the largest sports event to be held in UK since the 2012 Olympic and
Paralympic Games, will feature 19 sports, with eight para sports integrated into the
programme, creating the biggest para sports offering in Commonwealth Games history.
The unveiling of the new schedule confirms that there will now be two full weekends of
competition, a move which is hoped will allow more than one million spectators to attend the
biggest sporting event ever to be held in the West Midlands.
Birmingham 2022’s Chief Executive Officer, Ian Reid, said: “We’re extremely excited to
be unveiling the daily schedule as we know that this will make the Games much more real for
everyone, now that they can see exactly which sports will be taking place on each day.
“I’d like to thank all of the international and national governing bodies who have been
working closely with us to ensure that we created an exciting schedule which also provides
all competitors with the maximum period of recovery possible during what will be an action
packed summer of sport in 2022.”
The main Athletics programme at the redeveloped Alexander Stadium in the Perry Barr area
of the city, won’t begin until day five of the competition on 2 August, therefore allowing
additional recovery time for athletes who are also planning to compete at the World Athletics
Championships in Oregon, which takes place earlier in the summer.
The track and field action will take place across six days with the number of sessions yet to
be finalised. The marathon will be held earlier in the programme on 30 July, with the location
of the start and finish and the route expected to be confirmed in 2021.
The latest venues to be unveiled for the Games, West Park in Wolverhampton and St
Nicholas Park in Warwick, will host the road cycling events on Thursday 4 August and
Sunday 7 August, where as another stunning park in the region, Sutton Park in Birmingham,
will host the triathlon competition on day one (29 July 2022) and day three (31 July 2022).
Coventry Stadium, which is set to host three sports: Rugby Sevens, Judo and Wrestling, has a
packed agenda, as it will see sports action on eight out of 11 days of competition and the
NEC will be even busier, with Badminton and Table Tennis, two of the four sports occupying
halls at the exhibition centre, featuring on every single day of the Games.
The Games will finish with a flurry of medals on the final day of competition on
Monday 8 August, with Badminton, Diving, Hockey, Squash and Table Tennis all featuring,
before the Closing Ceremony brings Birmingham 2022 to a close the same evening.
The full medal event programme for the Games, detailing exactly which events will
feature in each sport, and a more detailed version of the schedule, to include a session by session breakdown, will be unveiled in the coming months.
The Commonwealth Games Federation’s CEO, David Grevemberg, said: “My message
to Commonwealth Sport fans around the globe is simple: Get Excited!
“Now is moment to visit the Birmingham 2022 website and sign-up for updates around
tickets, volunteering and general opportunities to get involved in what will be one of the
greatest sporting spectacles the country has ever seen.
“This innovative and exciting sports schedule highlights exceptional partnership working
from so many stakeholders to ensure the UK stages a fantastic, celebratory summer of sport
“The level of collaboration with the likes of World Athletics and UEFA has been
unprecedented to ensure Birmingham 2022 retains a premium spot in an exciting period that
will include the UEFA Women’s EURO in England and World Athletics Championships in
“For athletes and spectators, Birmingham 2022 will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to be
part of something truly special for the city, the region, the country and the entire
Commonwealth. I hope all of you out there embrace this opportunity to be part of a Games
To find out more, visit www.birmingham2022.com where you can also sign-up to receive the
latest updates about the Games and hear about tickets and volunteer opportunities first.