2022 Commonwealth Games as Birmingham 2022: All you need to know

The 2022 Commonwealth Games, formally known as the XXII Commonwealth Games and dubbed Birmingham 2022, is an international multi-sport tournament for Commonwealth members that will take place in Birmingham, England from July 28 to August 8, 2022. After London 1934 and Manchester 2002, England will host the Games for the third time in Birmingham on December 21, 2017.

Finance and cost

The bid committee announced that the event would cost £750 million ($950 million) when the bid was submitted to the CGF.

The British government revealed on June 25, 2019, that the event will cost £778 million ($1 billion). The British Government will finance 75% (£594 million), with Birmingham City Council covering the remaining 25% (£184 million). The sum is less than the £967 million spent in 2018 on the Gold Coast, but more than the £543 million invested in 2014 in Glasgow. It is expected to be the most expensive athletic event in the UK since the £8.8 billion ($11 billion) 2012 Summer Olympics in London. After completion, the true cost will be revealed.


The Games are anticipated to sell over 1 million tickets.

Local citizens' ticket ballots began on July 14, 2021, with the main public ticket ballot expected to run from September 8 through September 30. 


Around 3000 officers will be assigned to patrol the 2022 Commonwealth Games, according to the West Midlands Police. West Midlands Police will provide 1000 and a "mutual aid" agreement with other UK forces will provide 2000. 


On March 9, 2020, 870 days before the Games, a countdown clock was installed in Centenary Square during Commonwealth Day.

Longines, a Swiss watchmaker, sponsored the clock, which also marked the start of a new cooperation with the CGF. The clock's structure is in the shape of the Games' "B" logo and was made in England.

Ceremony of Inauguration

On July 28, 2022, the Commonwealth's 72 countries will gather at the Alexander Stadium for the Opening Ceremony. It will be Barbados' first participation since becoming a republic on November 30, 2021.

Ceremony of Closure

All 72 countries will return to the Alexander Stadium for the Closing Ceremony on August 8, 2022. Representatives from Victoria, which will host the Commonwealth Games in 2026, will receive the Commonwealth Games Federation flag.

brand-new sports

The BBC reported on December 22, 2017 that the games' organizers were in talks with the International Cricket Council (ICC) about including women's cricket.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) revealed in November 2018 that they have made a bid to add women's cricket in the Games. The application was submitted in collaboration with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). 

Shooting is also expected to be omitted from the games due to a lack of facilities in the Birmingham area. With the exception of the 1970 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, shooting has been a part of every Commonwealth Games since Kingston in 1966. The CGF's CEO, David Grevemberg, acknowledged the elimination of shooting from the games schedule in January 2018. The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) delegation, which included ISSF President Vladimir Lisin and CEO of British Shooting (BS) Hamish McInnes, visited Birmingham in December 2018 to consider adding shooting to the 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

The World Archery Federation (WA) revealed in December 2018 that they have submitted a bid for archery's inclusion in the Games. Aston Hall was offered as a competition location in the bid, which was developed in collaboration with Archery GB. 

The Birmingham organizing committee suggested para table tennis and beach volleyball for the Games in June 2019, and the CGF executive board approved the proposal.

On August 13, 2019, the CGF stated that women's T20 cricket, beach volleyball, and para table tennis will be included in the Games, while archery and shooting would be removed.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA), which is also in charge of the country's Commonwealth Games participation, filed a request to the CGF in January 2020 to organize archery and shooting championships in Chandigarh in January 2022. The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI), the Government of India, the ISSF, and WA all backed the plan. The plan was agreed by the CGF Executive Board at their meeting in London on February 21–23, 2020, which also confirmed that the 2022 Commonwealth shooting and archery championships and the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be two independent Commonwealth Sport events organized and sponsored. One week after the closing ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the CGF will release a medal table that includes results from the Chandigarh 2022 Commonwealth Archery and Shooting Championships, as well as a final ranking of competing nations and territories in the respective competitions. The CGF stated in July 2021 that the tournament would be canceled because to the COVID-19 outbreak in India.

The CGF stated in February 2022 that esports would be featured in the Games as a test event.

The first Commonwealth Esports Championship will have separate branding, medals, and organization for men and women's Dota 2, eFootball, and Rocket League competitions.


During the Commonwealth Social Festival on July 27, 2019, the official symbol was unveiled in Centenary Square. The insignia is a jagged, triangular "B" shape produced by blue-yellow gradient lines reflecting the major connected locations of the Games throughout the West Midlands and linking them together to form the "B." It was designed by local agency RBL, located in Royal Leamington Spa. This symbol is also the first to use the Commonwealth Games Federation's new branding, Commonwealth Sport. Locals throughout the city and on social media have overwhelmingly praised it, with some comparing it to the London 2012 Summer Olympics and 2012 Summer Paralympics emblem.


Longines, a Swiss watchmaker, has agreed to be the official partner and timekeeper for the next three editions of the Games, beginning in Birmingham in 2022. The announcement was made on March 9, 2020, during Commonwealth Day, when the CGF, in collaboration with Longines and BOCCG, unveiled the Games countdown clock in Centenary Square. The University of Birmingham became the Games' second official partner on September 23, 2020. During the competition, the institution will offer venues and lodging for the athletes. The deal also recognized the university as an official partner of the Queen's Baton Relay's international leg. E.ON was announced as the Games' third official partner on March 9, 2022.


Perry, a multi-colored bull, is the official mascot for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Perry is named after the Birmingham neighborhood of Perry Barr (in which Perry Park is where the main athletics stadium, Alexander Stadium is located). The bull has a long history as a symbol of Birmingham, and it was well received when it was unveiled. Emma Lou, a ten-year-old from Bolton, created Perry.

Broadcasting & Streaming Partners

Sky New Zealand obtained the rights to broadcast the 2022 and 2026 Olympic Games in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands in November 2019.

Sunset+Vine, a production company, was named as the event's host broadcaster in July 2020. BBC obtained the rights to broadcast the tournament in the United Kingdom in October 2020. Seven Network obtained the rights to broadcast the 2022 Olympic Games in Australia in October 2021.

Holder of Country Rights Ref:

  • Seven Network Australia
  • New Zealand (NZ)
  • Sky New Zealand
  • Great Britain
  • BBC