All signs say: The World Games 2022 Birmingham are coming

new signs for a big sporting event in Birmingham
Legion Field has a brand new big sign. Photo courtesy of The World Games 2022 Birmingham

Back during the Before Times, all of Birmingham was starting to get excited about the coming of The World Games 2021. But then everything turned upside down, and now, we’re excited to let you know that The World Games 2022 Birmingham is on the way. How do we know? All the signs say so.

The first sign I ever saw

The times, they are a’changin’. Video courtesy of The World Games 2022 Birmingham

Before I’d ever heard of The World Games, this colorful mural featuring a woman climbing caught my eye. By now, you’ve no doubt seen this one on the side of The Waites in Southside.

Now that The World Games are coming, workers have been busy changing the original 2021 to 2022 to reflect the year-long postponement due to COVID-19. If it’s not on your calendar yet, put it there now: July 7-17, 2022.

When they made the hard decision to postpone the big event, Nick Sellers, CEO of The World Games Birmingham, had this to say:

“Having the first international multi-sport event on American soil coming out of this global pandemic will be a huge opportunity for Birmingham to reconnect with each other and reconnect with the world.”

Now there are new city limits signs…

Birmingham City Limit
“Birmingham City Limit: Home of The World Games 2022″—has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Photo courtesy of The World Games 2022 Birmingham

I don’t know about you, but I always like those road signs that show the personality of a place. There’s a certain feeling you get when you see the big Georgia Peach, or those “Tree City USA” signs.

It’s gonna be fun to drive in and out of Birmingham and see these new signs. It’s gonna be even more fun to watch some really fun sports, including Sumo.

“The World is Coming” to The Crossplex

"The World is Coming" to The Crossplex
The Crossplex is one of many venues for The World Games 2022 Birmingham. Photo courtesy of The World Games 2022 Birmingham

The time will come when we’ll be able to go see real-live sports at The Crossplex.

Until then, if you’re missing your live sporting fix, look for virtual watch parties. Each Wednesday, throughout the summer of 2020, you can watch gold medal performances from The 2017 World Games via The World Games 2022 Birmingham’s Facebook page.

“The World is Coming” to Birmingham. Video courtesy of The World Games 2022 Birmingham

Countdown clocks at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, City Hall + Uptown will keep us all on track

There’s just something about a countdown clock. I remember when I first started seeing them pop up around town back when the event was still scheduled for 2021—it was exciting to imagine all these athletes from all over the world coming to Birmingham.

Now, Countdown Clocks V2.0 are here. You’ll find them at The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, City Hall and Uptown.

The World Games 2022 Birmingham sports
Some of the 30+ sports that will be at The World Games 2022 Birmingham. Graphic via The World Games

We realize this graphic is a bit outdated, but since the kind folks at The World Games Birmingham were kind enough to make it for us, we wanted to share it again to give you a sense of the breadth of this exciting event that’s coming to town in 2022.

Now tell us—what are you most looking forward to seeing at The World Games 2022 Birmingham? Tag us on social @bhamnow and let us know.