The University of Birmingham (UoB) has played a key role in the 2022 Commonwealth Games. They have housed the principal Athletes’ Village on The Vale, and provided the venues for the squash and hockey events.
The hockey pitches have been a key focus of the Games, bringing in thousands of spectators to watch home nation England rise to the top, as they are set to take on New Zealand in the semi-finals.
Spectators have an excellent view of Old Joe
Overlooking the university, the hockey pitches were built in 2017 as part of the £10 million outdoor facilities redevelopment, and were re-carpeted ahead of the Games.
Speaking about their role in The Commonwealth Games, UoB said: ‘Having signed the most comprehensive university partnership in the history of the Games, we are delighted to have this opportunity to showcase how we continue to be at forefront of innovation, making important things happen across the spectrum of humankind’s achievement and, crucially, changing the game!’
Temporary seating for around 6,000 spectators and guests has been built around the main competition pitch. Those in the stands will have a great view of the historic university, including its most feature: Old Joe.
The tallest freestanding clocktower in the world, Old Joe sits at the centre of campus and can be seen looking over the hockey pitches.
The Royals watch England take on India
Spectators at the hockey included the Earl and Countess of Wessex, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who brought their daughter, Charlotte, along to the England versus India match.
UoB shared pictures of the Royals on Twitter, and said: ‘It was amazing to welcome The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge along with Princess Charlotte @KensingtonRoyal to campus yesterday to watch the hockey. And what a match they got to see as Team England women (featuring 5 of our alumni and 1 current student) played India.’
England beat India 3-1, putting them at the top of their pool. However, both teams will be going through to the semi-finals, with England taking on New Zealand, and India facing off against Australia.