Commonwealth Games tickets: when does Birmingham 2022 ballot open - start date of athletics event and venues

Alexander Stadium and Lee Valley Velopark are among the venues athletes will compete at in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

A selection of tickets for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games are now available.

Thousands of athletes will compete at the Games which will hold 286 sessions of sport across 19 different sports over 11 days of competition next year.

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The Games sees the best athletes from countries in the Commonwealth compete in an international multi-sport spectacle seen as a celebration of the union.

Athletes like Katarina Johnson-Thompson are likely to compete at Birmingham 2022. (Pic: Getty)
Athletes like Katarina Johnson-Thompson are likely to compete at Birmingham 2022. (Pic: Getty)

Held every four years, the Games have been held in Manchester, England, in Melbourne, Australia, in Delhi, India, in Glasgow, Scotland and the Gold Coast, Australia since 2002.

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Here's when Birmingham 2022 tickets go on sale, how to apply, the start date of the Games and those West Midlands venues set to host one of the world's biggest sporting events.

When does the Birmingham 2022 ticket ballot open?

Alexander Stadium under construction. The venue will host athletics at Birmingham 2022. (Pic: Getty)

A selection of tickets for Birmingham 2022 are now available to residents in the West Midlands.

The Games' ballot is open from 14-30 July 2021 to allow people who live close to the venues and the host region to get their tickets for the sporting spectacle.

Local residents are being given the opportunity to plan their Games and apply for tickets ahead of the main ballot, which is expected to open to everyone in September 2021.

Those successful will be notified within 30 days after the closure of the ballot and payment will be taken in full within 72 hours of the email being sent by Games organisers.

Tickets start from £8 for under 16s and £15 for adults.

How can I get tickets to the Birmingham Commonwealth Games?

Those interested in applying for Birmingham 2022 tickets through the ballot can do so via the Games' website, which is open to West Midlands residents only until 30 July 2021.

Applicants will need to create an account and select the sports and sessions they wish to attend.

Only one application can be submitted per household but within the application multiple session tickets can be applied for, with more information available on the ticket page.

Most users will have to enter their postcode to check if they are eligible for tickets.

Residents of the West Midlands, including people living in the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, can apply now.

When does Birmingham 2022 start?

The Birmingham Commonwealth Games take place from 28 July to 8 August 2022, in what organisers are billing as "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase the West Midlands on a global stage".

What are the venues being used for the Games?

ALEXANDER STADIUM - Athletics and Para Athletics

ARENA BIRMINGHAM - Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics

CANNOCK CHASE FOREST - Mountain Biking

COVENTRY STADIUM & ARENA - Rugby Sevens, Judo and Wrestling

EDGBASTON STADIUM - Cricket T20

LEE VALLEY VELOPARK - Cycling (Track)

THE NEC - Badminton, Boxing, Table Tennis and Para Table Tennis, Weightlifting, Netball and Para Powerlifting

SANDWELL AQUATICS CENTRE - Diving, Swimming and Para Swimming

SMITHFIELD - Basketball 3x3, Beach Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball 3x3

ST NICHOLAS PARK - Cycling (Road Race)

SUTTON PARK - Triathlon and Para Triathlon

UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM SQUASH AND HOCKEY CENTRE - Hockey and Squash

VICTORIA PARK - Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls

WEST PARK - Cycling (Road Race)