Venue and Village

The University of Birmingham has signed the most comprehensive University agreement with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) ever. In addition to being an official partner and a sponsor of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games (B2022), the University is:

University of Birmingham's women's hockey team in action against an opponent
  • the Games Principal Athlete’s Village across our University accommodation at the Vale and Tennis Courts; Home to over 3,500 athletes and technical officials.
  • the official competition venue for hockey and squash, hosting two out of the 19 sports.
  • an official training venue for athletics / para-athletics and swimming / para-swimming.
  • the official catering provider, for athletes, Games family, spectators and workforce visiting the University of Birmingham campus
  • Provider of great sporting facilities that are available to the general public on a membership basis

During this period, the University’s Edgbaston campus will welcome more than 15,000 spectators onto our campus on each of the 11 days of competition, hosting 48 sessions of hockey and squash.

Hockey fixtures Squash fixtures

Our ‘Getting here’ page has information on the best ways to get to our campus by public transport. You can also plan your journey to the Games this summer via the Games Journey Planner on the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games website, where you can find out more about visiting campus and all other regional venues during the Games.

The Exchange

Located in Centenary Square in Birmingham City Centre, The Exchange, is our facility that welcomes research, teaching and local, national and international networks to create a place of curiosity, celebration, collaboration and change. During the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, The Exchange is the official home for DIT investment and trade activities – UK House, as part of the WM Business and Tourism Programme.

The exterior of The Exchange located in Birmingham's Centenary Square.
Three rackets and two balls on the floor of a squash court

Other key stats during the Games

  • 48 sessions of hockey and squash across 11 days
  • 11 days of hockey and squash on campus
  • 492 hockey balls will be ordered for use at the games
  • 696 squash balls will be used for the Games
  • More than 195,000 athlete meals will be served on campus
  • 50 technical officials staying on site for hockey, squash and women’s cricket
  • 30 tonnes of ice used for the Games

Things to do on campus

While you are visiting our campus for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, you may wish to visit our cultural attractions.

Lapworth Museum of Geology

The Allosaurus skeleton on display in the Lapworth Museum of Geology

Enabling visitors to explore life over the past 3.5 billion years, the Lapworth Museum showcases exceptional objects from one of the UK’s most outstanding geological collections. Our state-of-the-art galleries and range of innovative and interactive exhibits are all completely free of charge.

From rocks and fossils to volcanoes, earthquakes, and even dinosaurs, the Museum captures the imagination of all ages.

Opening times

Monday to Friday - 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday and Sunday - 12:00 - 17:00

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Exterior of the Barber Institute of Fine ArtsThe galleries at the Grade I listed Barber Institute boast an outstanding art collection and concert hall with ‘perfect acoustics, comfort, and rest for the eye’. See masterpieces by Botticelli, Rubens, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Turner and Rossetti, and Monet, Manet and Van Gogh.

Opening times

The Barber's galleries are open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 - 17:00 (closed Mondays)
Free admission

Winterbourne House and Garden

Visitors sitting at tables outside Winterbourne House on a sunny day, beneath purple WisteriaJust a 15-minute walk from University Station, seven acres of tranquil botanic gardens lie in the grounds of an Edwardian historic house. Winterbourne House and Garden is a hidden refuge at the heart of one of the country’s most bustling cities. Winterbourne is open seven days a week including bank holidays.

Opening Hours

March to October
10:30 – 17:00
Please note: last entry to the site is 30 minutes before closing.

Admissions and prices

Conferences and events

The Conferences and Events Team are specialists at delivering major sporting events.

Find out more about our facilities at the University of Birmingham, from our 4-star Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre to our unique conference and events venues.

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