While festivals and events have been postponed around most of the state due to COVID-19, that didn’t keep the city of Birmingham from looking forward.
The city, along with the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau and Jefferson County, got the news in early May that it has been awarded the 2025 World Police and Fire Games.
The games, which will take place between June 27 and July 6, will feature more than 10,000 first responders competing in 1,600 medal events. While the full lineup will be announced at a later date, the games are expected to include more than 55 disciplines, ranging from the traditional offerings like cycling and softball to unique competitions like ultimate firefighter or toughest competitor alive.
“From the beginning we were impressed by all that Birmingham has to offer,” said LC Collins, World Police and Fire Games president. “We believe that this city is the whole package — from its venues, infrastructure and history of hosting major events to its entertainment, dining and attractions. This is a special place and we are confident that our first responders, spectators and their families are going to be a part of an event to remember.”
The events will be hosted at more than 35 venues across the city and will be free and open for all spectators.
“Birmingham is thrilled to open its doors to the 2025 World Police and Fire Games,” said Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin. “We’re a city that thrives on the spirit of competition. When our world begins to return to a place of normalcy post-quarantine, it’s events like the World Police and Fire Games that will offer the camaraderie our residents are currently craving. It will be an incredible way to keep Birmingham’s momentum rolling following The World Games in 2022.”
The World Games had to be postponed from their original schedule in Birmingham in 2021 to July 7-17, 2022. This Olympic-quality event will showcase athletes from around the world competing in a multitude of sporting events.
Founded in 1987, the World Police and Fire Games celebrates the service and dedication of first responders across the globe.
“With The World Games 2022 and the 2025 World Police and Fire Games, Birmingham will host two of the top international amateur sports events in a four-year period, further establishing our area as an international sports destination,” said John Oros Jr., president and CEO of the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau. “These events and others of smaller size contribute heavily to our community’s economy and underline the importance of travel and tourism in the greater Birmingham area.”