University of Birmingham and Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

As an Official Partner of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the University of Birmingham played a key role in delivering an outstanding international sporting event that focussed the eyes of the world on our city, our region and our world-leading reputation for excellence. The Games took place across Birmingham and the West Midlands from 28 July – 8 August.

Two male squash players in action during a match

To deliver the Games, we were proud to be the:

  • Official host of hockey and squash
  • Official host of the largest athletes’ village
  • Official training venue for Swimming and Athletics
  • Official catering provider for athletes, spectators, Games family and workforce
  • Accommodation provider for Technical Officials and Sponsors Workforce
  • Hosting multiple Commonwealth Games Associations (CGA’s) at Edgbaston Park Hotel
  • Hosting multiple Games stakeholders conferences and events across our campus venues
  • Over 100 staff and student volunteering for the Games (and counting)
  • Over 450 students employed on campus supporting the Games

Cultural opportunities on campus

Our Games Cultural Programme

A warm welcome

Our partnership with Birmingham 2022 highlights our already strong link with the Games, with six students and 18 alumni having taken part in the 2018 Gold Coast Games in Australia.

During the Games, the University will be the main campus village hosting athletes, with the hockey and squash competitions taking place in our world-class sporting facilities.

We are looking forward to the Games highlighting the strong sense of pride that is felt among our students, staff, alumni and wider community as we make the most of the opportunities the event presents. We are a truly international community with more than 8,000 staff, 38,000 students and over 300,000 alumni from more than 150 countries and all Commonwealth nations and territories. During the Games, we will welcome nations, territories and athletes from across the Commonwealth to our campus on each of the 11 days of the Games.

Our Game-changing Birmingham campaign celebrates how our community and campus are supporting the Games. We can’t wait to see what the Games’ brings, and all that our community will achieve!

Proud to be an official partner of the 2022 Commonwealth Games

Aerial view of the University of Birmingham's Metchley Lane synthetic pitches with 'Old Joe' and the Aston Webb building visible.

As part of the Games:

  • More than 195,000 athlete meals were served on campus
  • There were 48 sessions of hockey and squash
  • Proudly welcomed 170,000 spectators to our campus
  • 492 hockey balls were ordered for use at the games
  • 696 squash balls were used for the Games
  • Guild of Students was the University's broadcaster compound
  • The Exchange was UK House during Games-time - part of the West Midlands Business and Tourism Programme

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