The World Games 2022 announces three new competition venues

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The World Games Are Coming sign at Crossplex. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

The World Games 2022 has added three new competition venues in Birmingham.

Today, the  Birmingham Organizing Committee for The World Games 2022 announced they will be using Legion Field, Birmingham CrossPlex and Boutwell Auditorium for the July 2022 global event.

Counting the previously announced Protective Stadium, the organizing committee has now named four of the 25 official venues. 

“We’re excited to officially begin announcing our venues,” The World Games 2022 CEO Nick Sellers said. “These are four of the best places to enjoy sports in our community. And by July of 2022, we will finally be able to fill all of the seats in these beautiful venues again as we serve host to the first major international sporting event coming out of this pandemic. Each of these venues is a prime example of our city’s love of sports.”

Venue + Sporting Events

Along with the venue announcement, The World Games 2022 provided us the list of sporting events that will occur at each location.

Check it out:

Legion Field  

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Legion Field will host the World Games’ opening ceremony. Photo via The World Games 2021 Facebook.

 Often called “The Football Capital of the South” Legion Field plays host to Flag Football @TWG2022 Presented by the NFL, featuring eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams.

Birmingham CrossPlex 

CrossPlex Village
Image courtesy of CrossPlex’s Facebook

Opened in 2011, Birmingham CrossPlex is a  750,000 square-foot multi-purpose athletic facility featuring a world-class indoor track, a 50-meter indoor Olympic swimming pool, a 5,000 square-foot meeting hall and the Bill Harris Arena, a 20,000 square-foot multipurpose space. 

Because of its flexibility, during The Games, spectators at the CrossPlex can enjoy several different competitions, including Inline Hockey, Artistic Roller Skating, Speed Skating (indoor and outdoor), Wheelchair Rugby, Lifesaving, Finswimming, and Canoe Polo.

Boutwell Auditorium

Boutwell Auditorium
Photo via The World Games 2022

This  5,000-seat multi-purpose arena was constructed in 1924 and has hosted a wide- range of events, including concerts, sporting events, banquets, galas, trade shows and more.

Fans who make their way to Boutwell during The Games will see exciting martial arts action, including Sumo, Kickboxing and Muaythai.

Protective Stadium 

Protective Stadium
A look inside Protective Stadium. Photo via BJCC

The new downtown stadium and home of the UAB Blazers is scheduled to open in October 2021. With a seating capacity of 47,100 the Protective Stadium will serve as the host venue for the Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony of The World Games 2022.

18 Months

“These venues capture the spirit of The World Games 2022, providing opportunities for our international guests and the people of Birmingham to gather as one to celebrate athletic excellence,” Birmingham Mayor Randall L. Woodfin said. “The excitement will only build over the next 18 months as the world prepares to come to Birmingham.”

Mark Your Calendars

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The world is coming to Birmingham! Photo via The World Games 2022

Don’t forget!  The World Games 2022 Birmingham ( | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter), which was originally scheduled in 2021, will take place July 7-17, 2022.  Be a part of history and welcome the world.

Now tell us, Birmingham, what do you think about this news? Tag us on social @bhamnow and let us know!

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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