Alabama poised to be the big winner in The World Games 2022
In less than 16 months, the world will descend on Alabama.
Over the course of 11 days, more than 600 medals will be awarded to competing athletes from over 100 countries around the world. The Games represent the highest level of competition in softball, bowling, gymnastics, martial arts, roller sports, water skiing, archery, climbing and many more sports, including the games’ first-ever para-sport: wheelchair rugby.
But the biggest winner of all will be the Yellowhammer State.
With thousands of athletes, fans and media pouring into the Birmingham region, The World Games projects to generate a $256 million economic impact for Alabama.
People from across the country and around the world will fly, drive, stay and spend in our state to the benefit of our economy.
In the past, the event has been hosted by Great Britain, Japan, Germany, Finland, Poland, Netherlands and other far away places around the globe, and now it’s Alabama’s time to show off our beautiful home.
The international event will unite global fans with the Birmingham community in 25+ unique venues around the greater metropolitan area. Event locations announced to date include Birmingham Crossplex, Boutwell Auditorium, Legion Field and the new Protective Stadium.
The City of Birmingham won its bid to host The Games in 2015, beating out cities in Russia and Peru. This edition marks a return of The Games to the United States for the first time since the inaugural event in Santa Clara, California in 1981.
World Games was established by the International World Games Association, an organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee.
The World Games 2022 will be a transformational opportunity for Alabama, generating global media exposure, welcoming athletes and fans from around the world, and serving as a catalyst to position Birmingham as a host for future events.