Tickets for the 11th World Games, slated for July 7-17, 2022, in Birmingham, went on sale Wednesday — a year in advance of the games.
“Today is a very big day for the State of Alabama and the entire nation as The World Games 2022 officially opens our ticket sales,” said Nick Sellers, CEO of TWG2022 CEO. “We could not be more excited for this once-in-a-lifetime event. This is the first opportunity sports fans will have to attend an international multi-sport event on American soil since the pandemic. We’re honored to have that distinction and we can’t wait to see thousands of fans from around the world in Birmingham a year from now to watch the new generation of sports.”
The games, which are recognized by the International Olympic Committee, will feature some 3,600 athletes from about 100 countries competing in 34 sports.
Tickets are available for individual sports and ceremonies or in various packages, via the Games’ website: TWG2022.com.
Mascots Vulcan and Vesta also took the stage for the first time. The pair of mascots are presented by O’Neal Industries and in partnership with the Vulcan Park and Museum with costume design by Princess Closet Designs.
“The Vulcan originally represented Birmingham at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair and has come full circle to help the community welcome the world in July 2022,” the Games organizers noted in announcing the mascot choice.
The organizing committee also announced plans for Bootsy Collins to serve as master of ceremonies and for country musician icons Randy Owen and Sara Evans to perform.
The Games are expected to generate a $256 million economic impact.