The University of Birmingham will host hockey and squash if the city is awarded the 2022 Commonwealth Games ©University of Birmingham

Hockey and squash will be played at the University of Birmingham if the city wins its bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, it has been announced.

The University recently opened a new £55 million ($71 million/€62 million) sport and fitness club, including six glass back squash courts with 200 spectator seats, a 2,000m² 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, Birmingham 2022 claim. 

The University’s two existing water-based synthetic hockey pitches are currently undergoing a £4 million (£5 million/€4.5 million) refurbishment which will bring them up to International Hockey Federation standard.

Temporary seating for 5,000 spectators will also be installed for the Games with the University’s red-brick buildings providing the backdrop.

The University has reputation for providing a world-class training environment on its Edgbaston campus and before the 2012 Olympic Games in London attracted Jamaica for its preparation camp ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The team is planning to return ahead of this year’s International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships in London next month. 

"Birmingham’s 2022 Commonwealth Games bid is so well timed for the University’s involvement, coinciding with the University’s significant investment in sports facilities," Zena Wooldridge, director of sport at the University of Birmingham said. 

"Although our facilities weren’t designed primarily for major events, the combination of facilities were planned six years ago to fill strategic gaps in the city’s provision. 

"So we are delighted those plans are able to contribute to a bid which can already deliver 95 per cent of the Games’ facility needs, and provide exceptionally high quality venues.”

The University of Birmingham's recently renovated sport and fitness centre would be the setting for squash during the 2022 Commonwealth Games ©Birmingham 2022
The University of Birmingham's recently renovated sport and fitness centre would be the setting for squash during the 2022 Commonwealth Games ©Birmingham 2022

Wooldrige is particularly pleased to squash set to be held at the University as she is President of European Squash. 

"I’m obviously very excited about the prospect of hosting the squash venue at University of Birmingham," she said. 

"Birmingham has historically been the heart of squash in England and globally. 

"To re-establish that, we’re already attracting a range of international squash events to Birmingham, but the Commonwealth Games is the big one."

Birmingham have now announced six venues for 11 sports. 

Athletics and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies would take place at Alexander Stadium.

Three of the NEC’s largest halls would host boxing, judo, table tennis and freestyle wrestling and the Genting Arena would stage badminton.

Barclaycard Arena - formerly the National Indoor Arena - would be the venue for artistic and rhythmic gymnastics and have seating for 9,000 spectators. 

The Symphony Hall, meanwhile, would stage weightlifting and powerlifting. 

Birmingham is due to be visited next week by a delegation Commonwealth Games Delivery Unit (CGDU) and Commonwealth Games England (CGE), who will be inspecting their plans and facilities.

They completed a similar visit yesterday to Liverpool, Birmingham's rival to earn the nomination from England to bid to replace Durban, the South African city stripped of the event after it failed to meet a series of deadlines on financial guarantees.