Birmingham 2022 - A Sporting Spectacle

In July and August 2022, Birmingham hosted the 22nd Commonwealth Games, the largest multi-sport event to be held in England in 10 years, featuring thousands of world-class athletes and over 1.5 million spectators. Home to more than 180 nationalities, Birmingham 2022 has been a home Games for every nation. From the moment the iconic ‘Raging Bull’ stormed into the Alexander Stadium on opening night, to the final notes from the legendary Ozzy Osborne as the curtain fell, these incredible Games have captured the imagination of the city, region and audiences across the globe.

Birmingham 2022 delivered some important Commonwealth Games firsts:

  • Delivery in a record 4.5 years rather than the usual 7 years, with over half of the total delivery time in extraordinary circumstances due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Sold more tickets for this Games than any previously held in the UK, with 1.5 million ticketed fans.
  • The biggest integrated para sport programme in Commonwealth Games history.
  • More women’s than men’s medal events – a first in major, multi-sport event history.

The sporting programme was just the beginning. Birmingham 2022 was never just about two weeks of sport: it was designed as the Games for Everyone, with every community able to access the events, opportunities and benefits the Games provided. The legacy these Games will leave for the city and the region will last for years to come.

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