Ultimate Family Guide to the 2022 World Games

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Welcome to the Ultimate Family Guide to the 2022 World Games! We are thrilled to welcome the top athletes from over 100 countries to compete in over 30 unique events right here in Birmingham! The Magic City will be home to the 40th anniversary of The World Games from July 7-17, 2022 and here is what you need to know…

2022 World Games Categories

All of Us Research

The All of Us Research Program is seeking one million or more people from across the U.S. By doing so, it hopes to one day help speed up medical research. People who join will share information about their health, habits, and what it’s like where they live. By looking for patterns, researchers may learn more about what affects people’s health.

Attendees of The World Games 2022 can participate in the All of Us Research Program at their activation space, located at City Walk BHAM each day from 3PM to 9PM.

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Why the World Games

What could be cooler than watching top athletes from over 100 countries compete in over 30 unique events right here in Birmingham?! The Magic City will be home to the 40th anniversary of The World Games from July 7-17, 2022. This international sports event only occurs every four years, and this will be the first time for the U.S. to host The Games since the inaugural event in 1981! For 11 days, Birmingham gets to be the stage where 3600 athletes will showcase their sports and vie for one of the 600+ medals awarded.

Free Sports

Children 12 and under can attend some events for free! Thanks to Medical Properties Trust, free general admission tickets will be available at the following venues: Oak Mountain, Legion Field, John Carroll High School, BSC Intramural Fields, Legacy Arena, BJCC Concert Hall, Crossplex Area, Crossplex Track, Crossplex Outdoor lot, Avondale Park, and Barber Motorsports and will include the following sports: Canoe Marathon, Waterski/Wakeboard, Flag Football, Ultimate Flying Disc, Fistball, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, Inline Hockey, Artistic Skating, Speed Skating (indoor and outdoor), Wheelchair Rugby, Archery and Airsports, Sport Climbing, Beach Handball and Lacrosse. Free tickets are only available to events that are not sold out.

Tickets

There are many ways to experience The World Games, and tickets are on sale now! You can purchase tickets by venue or sporting event. Want to spend a day at The Games? A $35 day pass will get you general admission to multiple sporting events for the selected day. And don’t forget about the opening and closing ceremonies! Children 2 and under do not require a ticket. Tickets will be sent digitally after purchase and are non-refundable. Visit Ticketmaster to purchase. Need more details? Check out the ticket FAQ’s here

Venues & Bag Policy

The World Games will take place at several venues across the city. See the full venue list below. Be sure to note the details of the bag policy – only clear bags and small bags of a certain size will be permitted. Check out the full bag policy details here and the list of prohibited items to avoid any unwanted trips back to the car!

Venue List:

Parking

Concerned about parking? Don’t be! The World Games and the Birmingham-Jefferson Transit Authority are partnering together to provide a FREE transit line for all attendees. How does it work? Park at one of the many stops and take the designated shuttle to your event. Shuttles will run on three different lines to transport attendees. Legion Field and the East Parking Lots located at 5th Avenue South and 33rd Street South will have the most dedicated parking spaces. Additionally, there will be parking available in the following locations:

  • Street parking outside the perimeter 
  • Paid Parking at BPA Deck 4 – 2128 4th Avenue North
  • Accessible Parking – Orange Lot – 1000 19th Street North

Check out the transit line map and full details here.

Family Fun

The World Games 2022 is the perfect time to check out Birmingham’s new CityWalk BHM! There you will find The World Games Plaza presented by Regions, which serves as a free, family-friendly hub for food, entertainment, and activities each day of The Games. You can expect free live music on two stages, food trucks, vendors, and a chance to try your hand at several World Games sports!

Nightly Entertainment

Not only will The World Games showcase exceptional athletic talent, but the opening and closing ceremonies at Protective Stadium will feature well-known musical artists and a celebration of sports and the Magic City that you don’t want to miss! The Opening Ceremony presented by Alabama Power on July 7th, “Unlocking The Magic: Celebrating Birmingham’s Past, Present and Future,” will celebrate Birmingham while featuring musical acts from Nelly, Yolanda Adams, Bootsy Collins, and Sara Evans to mention a few. The Closing Ceremony presented by Coca-Cola Bottling Company United on July 17th will celebrate the conclusion of The Games and the passing of The World Games flag to the next host city – Chengdu, China. Musical acts will include Pastor Mike Jr., Alabama, Jamey Johnson, Bo Bice, Taylor Hicks, and others. Both ceremonies will also feature The World Games Orchestra and The World Games Youth Choir, both directed by University of Alabama at Birmingham professor Dr. Henry Panion, who serves as Artistic Director of The World Games 2022.  

Hydration

Staying hydrated is a must in the summer heat, and The World Games has got you covered! Bring your own water bottle to any of the outdoor venues listed below and fill up with free water available near the concessions and main walkways. Bottles must be clear and non-glass. Concessions will have Coca-Cola products available for purchase. 

Outdoor Venues:

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