Birmingham 2022 main ticket ballot begins
The main ticket ballot for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is now live
There are more than one million tickets priced £22 or less available for the biggest multi-sport event to be held in the UK since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Games, which will be held in 14 venues across Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond, will feature 19 sports and eight Para sports - the biggest sports programme in Commonwealth Games history - and will be staged from 28 July until 8 August 2022.
With 286 sessions there is something for everyone, with tickets available for many of the sports where home nation athletes and Para athletes saw success in Tokyo over the last six weeks, such as swimming, diving, cycling, gymnastics, boxing, triathlon and athletics, plus popular Commonwealth sports like netball, squash and lawn bowls. There are even some new sports making a Commonwealth debut including women’s cricket T20, basketball 3x3 and wheelchair basketball 3x3.
But it’s not just the sporting action that tickets are available for, as applications are also open for tickets for the official Opening Ceremony on 28 July 2022 and the official Closing Ceremony on 8 August 2022.
Olympic and Commonwealth gold medal winning gymnast, Max Whitlock, who performed gymnastics skills at well-known landmarks in Birmingham, to help launch the ticket ballot, said: “The Commonwealth Games has been a key event in my career so far and to have a home games for Team England on the horizon is fantastic.
“Tokyo was an amazing experience but the chance to compete in front of a home crowd with family, friends and spectators all in attendance will be massively appealing to many of our country’s best athletes. It is going to be an incredible Games and Birmingham will be a fantastic host city. I am really looking forward to it.”
The 14 venues that have been announced so far for the Games include the Alexander Stadium which is currently being completely redeveloped ahead of hosting the athletics and the opening and closing ceremonies next summer, and the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, the only brand-new venue for the Games, which will host Birmingham 2022’s swimming and diving programme.
One swimmer who is looking forward to the opportunity of competing in this brand-new facility is Maisie Summers-Newton who has just returned from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics with two gold medals: “This will be my first chance to swim in a Commonwealth Games for Team England and to do that at a home games in a fantastic new venue filled with spectators would be absolutely amazing. Birmingham 2022 is going to be a fantastic event and I just can’t wait.”
To apply for tickets for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, go to the Commonwealth Games website, create your ticket account and follow the ballot process. You can plan your Games by taking a look at the competition schedule and the venue information that is available on the site, before submitting your application by 8pm on 30 September.
To be fair to everyone, applications are limited to one per household and ticket limits for sessions will apply. At the end of the ballot window, tickets will be allocated at random. Applicants may get all of the tickets they applied for, some of the tickets or none of the tickets.
Tickets for the Games start at £8 for children and £15 for adults and applicants will find out in October if they have been successful in securing tickets.