Sport & Leisure

There are live sports events throughout the year in Birmingham from International Athletics to the Ryder Cup Golf

Villa Park

Overview

Many exciting sports venues can be found across the Birmingham area with international and national athletics at the Alexander Stadium, Cricket at Edgbaston Cricket Ground and unmissable events in the world of golf, football, badminton, tennis and rugby taking place throughout the year.

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Key Facts

  • Edgbaston Cricket Ground has been hosting test matches for over 100 years
  • Birmingham hosted the very first game of lawn tennis and is now home to the Aegon Classic Birmingham
  • Aston Villa, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City and Wolverhampton Wanderers football clubs can all be found in Birmingham

Sporting Events

Numerous international sports events are held throughout Birmingham - there are more European sporting events held here than in any other UK city.

Rugby World Cup games and countless football matches are held at Villa Park close to the city centre. British Athletics have also made Birmingham their hotspot for many championships, including the Sainsbury's Summer Series at the famed Alexander Stadium.

Ricoh Arena

The Ricoh Arena is home to the Aviva Premiership rugby club, Wasps, and Coventry City Football Club.

The Ricoh Arena has hosted England Under-21 Internationals, International Rugby League, Davis Cup Tennis, EDF Energy Cup semi-finals, the FA Women’s Cup final, Darts, World Snooker, Weightlifting and Boxing.

In a ground-breaking move in English sport, Wasps have created a netball team which will compete in the expanded Vitality Netball Superleague from 2017, playing their home fixtures in the Ericsson Indoor Arena situated within the Ricoh Arena.

Wasps Netball is not only designed to be a force in the national game, but also to increase Wasps community programme which engaged with more than 50,000 youngsters across the region last year.

Football

Aston Villa, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Stoke City all have their home in the region, bringing followers from all over the UK to their games.

The 5 Star UEFA rated Villa Park Stadium in Birmingham hosts numerous matches throughout the year.

Read more about football in Birmingham on the Visit Birmingham website.

Cricket

If you're a fan of cricket, Edgbaston Cricket Ground is a name you'll have heard many times over. As one of England's most famous sporting venues, it has hosted Test Match cricket for over 100 years, including the famous Ashes in 2005 which is still regarded as the 'Greatest Test'.

It is also the stadium with the least disruption by rain compared to any other UK cricket ground, which is great news for anyone looking to attend the 40 days of domestic cricket each summer!

Read more about cricket in Birmingham on the Visit Birmingham website.

Warwickshire County Cricket Club

Know more affectionately as The Bears, Warwickshire County Cricket Club is regarded as a top-flight team, having played first-class cricket since the 1890s.

Founded on 8th April 1882, the club has a glamorous history winning the county championship on more than one occasion including a historic treble in 1994, and has been home to some of the world’s best players including cricketing great Brian Lara.

Plying their trade at Edgbaston Cricket Ground and captained by England batsman Ian Bell, the club is well equipped to continue fighting for success in competitive county cricket.

Tennis

The Aegon Classic Birmingham returns to the city each year, with the biggest stars of tennis from the world over.

It marks the beginning of the summer tennis season at the Edgbaston Priory Club, just outside the city, and is one of the most high profile tennis events of the sporting calender.

For those who want to grab a racket and join in, The Edgbaston Priory Club boasts 32 tennis courts with varying surfaces for players to experience. There are also courts in Cannon Hill Park and over 30 tennis clubs in the Birmingham area to join.

Read more about tennis in Birmingham at Visit Birmingham website.

Edgbaston Priory Club

Edgbaston Priory Club provides sports enthusiasts with top quality racquet sports and leisure facilities just five minutes from Birmingham City Centre.

Within its beautifully landscaped grounds occupying 14 hectares, the club has an astonishing 32 tennis courts. In addition, there are 10 squash courts, heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools, outdoor spa, fitness studio consisting of a gym and exercise studio.

The club is well equipped for those seeking to keep active through sport, relax and unwind, or to watch world class players in action in the many tournaments hosted at the Club. For more details on the membership packages available visit www.edgbastonpriory.com

Golf

Birmingham brings together a variety of courses for golfers to master, from beginner to professional level. There are a number of top rated golf clubs in the region, including The Belfry which has hosted the Ryder Cup four times and houses England's only PGA branded Academy.

Nailcote Hall, close to the NEC, also plays host to The British Par 3 Championship, allowing golfers to take a swing at the 18 hole championship. Golf clubs of all calibres and sizes can be found in the Birmingham area, allowing a choice of venue to suit your time and style.

Read more about golf in Birmingham on the Visit Birmingham website.

Outdoor Leisure

Birmingham has a great variety of venues for players of all sports and levels. Cannon Hill Park is a perfect example with five tennis courts, a bowling green and two running tracks to get your heart rate pumping!

There are skate parks and a Snow Dome with real snow in the region for the more adrenaline fuelled sporting pursuits. 

Fans of boating and watersports have the choice of various lakes and rivers in the Birmingham area to visit, notably the 20 acre Upton Warren Lake with its canoeing and boating clubs.

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