University of Birmingham could host hockey and squash as part of city’s 2022 Commonwealth Games bid

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Birmingham 2022 has announced a partnership with the University of Birmingham for the UK city’s 2022 Commonwealth Games bid.

The University of Birmingham’s new squash courts and hockey pitches would become the competition venues for hockey and squash during Birmingham 2022, as part of the city’s bid proposals.

The university’s recently opened £55m (US$70.7m) Sport & Fitness Club includes six glass-back squash courts with 200 spectator seats, a 21,530ft² indoor arena and a second sports hall. The two halls will be a spectacular setting for the main all-glass squash show court and a secondary show court.

The university’s two existing water-based synthetic pitches are currently undergoing a £4m (US$5.1m) refurbishment which will bring them up to International Hockey Federation (FIH) standard and Birmingham 2022 has the opportunity to shape their development to ensure they are Commonwealth Games compliant. Temporary seating for 5,000 spectators will also be installed for the Games with the university’s iconic red-brick buildings providing a stunning backdrop.

The University of Birmingham has a number of other sports facilities which could be used for teams training ahead of the Games, including a 50m training pool, a new eight-lane 400m track, outdoor pitches, and the recently opened Chrissie’s Gym within the new Sport and Fitness building.

July 11, 2017

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