Birmingham is hosting the 11th annual World Games from July 7th through the 17th. Over 110 different nations and 3,600 elite athletes will be represented and compete while visiting our great city.
The World Games is an international multi-sport event that provides disciplines that were not contested in the regular Olympic games.
It was originally planned for 2021 but moved to this year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Opening Ceremony- July 7th, 2022
Closing Ceremony -July 17, 2022
Birmingham is Awarded the Contract
In 2015, Birmingham was awarded the contract to host the games. The largest city in our state beat Lima (Peru) and UFA (Russia) to be the sponsors of the games.
Birmingham is providing some public funding and will finance the budget of a calculated 60 million dollars through private partnerships. The city has excellent student accommodation available for the athletes so the first time there will be a “TWG village”.
The city is expecting a windfall of 224 million in out-of-town dollars to see a profit in the Olympic week.
Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
Many people have been involved with gaining the contract for the World Games. Edgar Welden, Scott Myers, and David Benck presented the Birmingham Bid publicly in June of 2014.
Scott Myers is the executive director of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and museum. Many other prominent businessmen and women have given time, money, and support to bring the prestigious games to town.
As mascots, the organizers have chosen figures based on the Roman gods, Vulcan and Vesta.
The figure of Vulcan refers to the colossal Vulcan statue that graces the city. It is the world’s largest cast-iron statue and is considered one of the most memorable works of civic art in the United States.
Venues and Sports
There are numerous venues showcasing different sports around town. The week will be full of different areas hosting countries and nations. Traffic will be different with safety for the athletics as well as the citizens a high priority.
A few, but definitely not a complete list, of the areas that will be used for performances are listed below.
Avondale Park- Archery
Barber Motorsport- Canopy Piloting
Birmingham Crossplex-Wheelchair Rugby. Inline hockey, canoe polo
BJCC- Concert Hall- Powerlifting
Boutwell – Kickboxing
Hoover Metropolitan Stadium- Softball
Legion Field- Flag Football
Oak Mountain State Park- Water Skiing
Railroad Park- Dualiton
UAB- Racketball, Squash
CBS Channel 42 will provide television coverage.
Many other areas will provide not only a place for competition, but also shelter, food, entertainment, and interaction for our many visitors. We have a perfect opportunity to extend kindness, help, and southern charm to our guests and the world.
We at the NJP hope to see you there.
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