UAB to host The World Games 2022 Lacrosse, Tug of War games and much more

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The World Games 2022 sign at UAB’s BVAA Field. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Yesterday, The World Games 2022 made another venue announcement and it was a big one. In a joint news conference, the Birmingham Organizing Committee for The World Games 2022 and UAB revealed the competitions that will be held across UAB’s campus and several new initiatives with the global event.

New Venue Drumroll

What games did they choose for UAB? Drumroll please…

  • Lacrosse
  • Tug of War
  • Racquetball
  • Squash 

Location, location location. Lacrosse, one of the fastest growing competitive sports in the state of Alabama and the nation, is slated to be played at UAB’s  BBVA Field. Racquetball and Squash will take place at the University Recreation Center, while the Tug of War competition (my personal favorite) venue is at UAB’s Track and Field complex. 

Mark it Down

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UAB President Ray Watts speaking at The World Games press conference. Photo via The World Games 2022

Unless you have been living under a rock here in the Magic City, The World Games 2022 (TWG2022), is holding its 11th edition in Birmingham from July 7-17, 2022. An anticipated 3,600 athletes will participate in more than 30 different sports throughout The Games.

Since January, the Organizing Committee has been preparing for the Games by announcing host venues and initiatives throughout the city.  

Here are some of our past stories:

UAB is “All In”

In addition to hosting competitions, UAB will also serve as the Foundation Sponsor for The World Games 2022 Legacy Memorial and the Presenting Sponsor of UAB Athlete Village, which will offer housing in UAB residence halls for athletes, coaches and officials. UAB Medicine will be the Presenting Sponsor for athletics and spectator medical services at The World Games 2022 venues.

The university will also provide language services for international athletes and visitors.

“UAB is uniquely situated and prepared to support The World Games and ensure that Birmingham makes the most of this great, unique opportunity to showcase our city and state to the world,” said UAB President Ray L. Watts. “The UAB community looks forward to being gracious hosts for athletes and spectators alike, and our campus and its amenities offer a beautiful and modern setting that will leave a lasting, positive impression.”

The World Games 2022 CEO Nick Sellers echoed Watts support stating:

“Not only is UAB opening up their world-class campus as host for competitions and “Athlete’s Village” for many of our athletes and coaches, but their partnership extends to several other areas including leadership and support for our entire medical committee,” “Having this academic, athletic, and medical cornerstone of Birmingham as a major partner of The World Games 2022 represents a strong commitment from our community to this historic moment.”

The Games Are Coming

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The World Games Countdown Clock on a Highway 280 overpass on May 18, 2021. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

We are only 415 days away. 

Want to learn more about the Games and how you can get involved (they are recruiting volunteers!) visit

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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