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Birmingham 2022: Venue and Village

As an Official Partner of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the University of Birmingham played a key role in delivering an iconic international sporting event that focused the eyes of the world on our city, region and world-leading reputation for excellence. 


A warm welcome

During the Games, the University hosted 3,500 athletes and officials as the Principal Athletes’ Village, while the hockey and squash competitions took place at our world-class sporting facilities.

Birmingham 2022 was a games for everyone, highlighting the strong sense of pride that is felt among our students, staff, alumni and wider community, as a truly global institution with more than 8,000 staff, 38,000 students and over 300,000 alumni from more than 150 countries across all Commonwealth nations and territories. 

We were proud to welcome international athletes, teams, media, and thousands of spectators from across the UK and the Commonwealth at Games time to maximise this once-in-a- generation opportunity.


Game-Changing Birmingham

Celebrating our city

Tackling global challenges

Proud to have been an Official Tier 1 Partner

Competition Venue

Official host of hockey and squash, 2 out of the 19 sports.

Principal Athletes' Village

Home to over 3,500 athletes and technical officials.

Official Training Venue

For athletics, para-athletics, swimming, and para-swimming.

Food & Beverage

For athletes, spectators, Games family and workforce.

Squashing the stats

  • 48 sessions of hockey and squash across 11 days
  • 11 days of hockey and squash on campus
  • 492 hockey balls were ordered for the Games
  • 696 squash balls were used at the Games
  • 270,000 athlete meals were served on campus
  • 50 technical officials stayed on site for hockey, squash and women’s cricket
  • 40 tonnes of ice were used at the Games

A brave new world

Our historic campus features a unique range of cultural activities designed to entertain, educate and enlighten.

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