It wouldn’t be the same without an adrenaline-pumping opening ceremony, which will take place on Thursday (July 28) with incredible musicians, bands, and orchestras.
As if that wasn’t enough, Steven Knight, the director and screenwriter of Peaky Blinders, is producing the ceremony. The 62-year-old Birmingham native said the opening ceremony has “real heart,” whereas other similar events are often “emotionally timid.”
A dress rehearsal took place last night, as teased on Twitter, but there isn’t much to see just yet.
The Alexander Stadium hosted the first dress rehearsal of our opening ceremony last night, and rave reviews are rolling in!
If you are part of our preview audiences, please keep the secret! 🤫🤐
— Birmingham 2022 (@birminghamcg22) July 25, 2022
Still, there are questions about who will be performing, whether tickets are still available, and whether it will be raining.
Fortunately, everything you need to know is right here:
How to Watch
Those who want to watch the Commonwealth Games from home can do so on BBC One, Two, and Three, as well as on iPlayer, the BBC Sport website, and red button. Olympic gold medalists Michael Johnson, Jessica Ennis-Hill, and Denise Lewis will be among the panelists, who will be joined by Commonwealth winners Max Whitlock and Beth Tweddle.
Sir Chris Hoy, Rebecca Adlington, Ellie Simmons, Ama Agbeze, and Mark Foster are among the other former athletes covering the games. Hazel Irvine, Clare Balding, Gabby Logan, Ayo Akinwolere, Jason Mohmmad, and Holly Hamiliton will be in the studio in Centenary Square, Birmingham, providing daily live coverage.
Who is performing at the opening ceremony
The opening ceremony will be held at the newly built Alexander Stadium in front of more than 30,000 spectators and hundreds of millions of television viewers.
Samantha Oxborough, a Birmingham Conservatoire graduate and mezzo-soprano, will perform God Save the Queen as part of the formal opening. The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will accompany her, while musicians from The Royal Marines will provide a rousing trumpet fanfare.
Duran Duran will close the Ceremony’s stunning musical offering in the city where their 40-year career began. Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, as well as vocalists Indigo Marshall and Gambini, will perform under the musical direction of rapper, artist, and educator Joshua ‘RTKal’ Holness.
Carol Pemberton and Black Voices, one of Europe’s leading female acapella groups, will lead a choir of over 700 voices from 15 choirs from across the West Midlands.
Times and directions Gates open at 5 p.m., with the pre-show beginning at 7.15 p.m. The entire ceremony is scheduled to last until 10.30 p.m.
If you’re lucky enough to be able to witness the opening ceremony in person, make sure you’re prepared because it’s going to be a busy one.
The Birmingham 2022 website recommends that you come by foot, bike, or public transportation if possible, but that you check last times for whatever public transportation you intend to use. The ceremony is scheduled to end around 10.30 p.m.
Car: There will be ‘no parking at or near the stadium’ for those arriving by car, but park and ride services can be reserved in advance, with more information available at parkthecarhere.com/birmingham2022.
Bike: You may have noticed the new public bikes popping up around the West Midlands, and they’re offering two free 30-minute rides every day from July 27 to August 8. Bikes are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with docking stations at major bus, metro, and train stations, tourist attractions, and city/town centers.
Rail: Both the RMT and ASLEF unions have confirmed rail strikes, which will impact people’s travel to the Commonwealth Games. A national rail strike will take place the day before the opening ceremony on Wednesday, July 27, beginning at 2 a.m. and lasting 24 hours, while RMT will strike from just after midnight until 11.59 p.m. on the same day. Check with your train operator online before you travel. According to the Birmingham 2022 website, taking a coach or bus may be a better option: nationalexpress.com.
More information on travel can be found at birmingham2022.com/travel.
Are tickets available?
Most games still have tickets available, but many of them are selling quickly or have only a few left. The most effective way
The majority of prices range from £8 to £100 for sports, and up to £290 for the opening ceremony, which has ‘few tickets remaining.’
According to the website, the sessions with limited availability include:
Swimming and Para Swimming are two types of aquatic sports.
Track and Para Track Cycling
Evening Athletics Practices
Those planning a celebratory barbecue may be disappointed, as the cloudy spells that began the week are expected to last until next Monday – but it will still be warm, with highs of 22 degrees Celsius every day until Thursday, and 23 degrees Celsius after that.
On Friday, it’s expected to be sunny in the morning but cloudy by midday, with light showers possible. Saturday will be the opposite, with showers in the morning and sunshine in the evening… hopefully.