2022 Commonwealth Games

XXII Commonwealth Games
Logo of Birmingham's 2022 Commonwealth Games bid
Host city Birmingham, England
Motto Heart of the UK, Soul of the Commonwealth
Nations participating 73 Commonwealth nations (expected)
Athletes participating ~5000
Events TBA in 18 sports
Opening ceremony 27 July
Closing ceremony 7 August
Queen's Baton Final Runner TBD
Main venue Alexander Stadium

The 2022 Commonwealth Games, officially known as the XXII Commonwealth Games and commonly known as Birmingham 2022, is an international multi-sport event for members of the Commonwealth that is scheduled to be held in Birmingham, England.[1] This is due to be the third time England has hosted the Games.

The Games are expected to take place between 27 July and 7 August 2022. The city was announced as the host at a press conference at the Arena Academy in Birmingham on 21 December 2017.[2]

Host selection

First selection

Two cities initially launched bids for the games; Durban, South Africa and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Edmonton withdrew its bid in February 2015, leaving Durban as the only bid to go forward to CGF General Assembly in September 2015.[3] The coastal South African city of Durban initially secured the right to host the games, as they were the sole bidder for the event. The city previously considered bidding for the 2020 or 2024 Summer Olympics.

Withdrawal of Durban as host

It was reported in February 2017 that Durban may be unable to host the games due to financial constraints.[4] This was confirmed one month later on 13 March 2017 when the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) stripped Durban of their rights to host the games.[5]

It would have marked the first time the games were held in Africa and the second time a Commonwealth republic would have hosted, following Delhi, India in 2010. The games were set to open on the 18 July 2022, coinciding with the birthday of the late South African President, Nelson Mandela.[6]

Second selection

A new bidding process was launched, where Liverpool and Birmingham expressed their interests in hosting the games.[7] On 14 March 2017, Manchester, who previously hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games, expressed their interest in hosting the games.[8] In September 2017, Birmingham beat Liverpool for the recommended bid for England.[9] With Birmingham being the sole bidder for the event they won the right to stage the Games.[10][11]

However, it was announced that the bid was not fully compliant, and the bidding process was extended until 30 November 2017.[12] The CGF had 170 questions regarding Birmingham's bid.[13]

Birmingham awarded as replacement host

On 21 December 2017, Birmingham was awarded for the 2022 Games as Durban's replacement host.[1] Louise Martin, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, made the official announcement at a press conference at the Arena Academy in Birmingham.[2]

2022 Commonwealth Games bidding results
City Nation Votes
Birmingham  England Unanimous


Birmingham has a wealth of existing sports venues, arenas and conference halls that are ideal for hosting sport during the Games. 95% of the competition venues are already in place for the 2022 games.[14] Alexander Stadium which will host the ceremonies and athletics will be renovated and the capacity will be increased to 50,000 seats. A 400 metre warm up track will also be developed.

This would leave the stadium well placed to become the home of UK Athletics, hosting all the major national and international competitions after the Games.[15]

Venues in Birmingham and the West Midlands area

Venue Sport Capacity Status
Alexander Stadium Ceremonies


50,000 Upgrade
National Exhibition Centre Boxing


Table Tennis

Freestyle Wrestling

5,000 Existing
Genting Arena Badminton 15,000 Existing
Arena Birmingham Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics 15,000 Existing
Symphony Hall Weightlifting 2,200 Existing
University of Birmingham Squash


5,000 Existing
Sandwell Aquatics Centre Swimming


5,000 New
Villa Park Rugby 7s 42,000 Existing
Victoria Square[16] Basketball 3x3 3,000 Existing
Ericsson Indoor Arena, Coventry Netball 7,000 Existing
Victoria Park, Leamington Spa[17] Bowls 2,000 Existing
Edgbaston Cricket Ground Cricket 1,700 Existing

Venues outside West Midlands

Venue Sport Capacity Status
Lee Valley VeloPark, London Cycling (track) 6,000 Existing


On 22 December 2017, the BBC Reported that the organisers of the games are currently in talks with the International Cricket Council (ICC) about the inclusion of women's cricket. It was also reported that shooting is likely to be excluded from the games citing a lack of facilities around Birmingham, if this is true it will be the first time since 1970 where shooting has not been included in the games.[18] The dropping of shooting from the games programme was confirmed by the Commonwealth Games Federation CEO, David Grevemberg in January 2018.[19][20][21]


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  21. "No shooting at 2022 Commonwealth Games, top official suggests T20 mixed cricket". Indian Express. 2018-01-19. Retrieved 2018-01-20.
Preceded by
Gold Coast 2018
Host City
XXII Commonwealth Games
Succeeded by
TBA 2026
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