Ricoh Arena to host Rugby Sevens at 2022 Commonwealth Games
Wasps are thrilled to announce that the Ricoh Arena will play host to Rugby Sevens, Judo and Wrestling at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The home of Wasps Rugby has become a hub for top-level Rugby Union since the Club moved to stadium in 2014, with Women’s and Under 20s Six Nations matches being held at the venue, alongside European Champions Cup semi-finals and all Wasps Gallagher Premiership home fixtures.
And now the stadium will witness more elite rugby in Coventry as the Rugby Sevens prepares to come to town in 2022.
Alongside this, Judo and Wrestling will also be showcased in the Ericsson Indoor Arena during the 2022 Commonwealth Games – adding to the array of sporting events already having been hosted by the versatile venue.
Stuart Cain, Chief Executive (Venue) at Wasps said: “We’ve built a great reputation for staging top-level Rugby Union, having hosted Six Nations games, European semi-final matches, as well as obviously all Wasps home games, so this is a great extension and gives us the chance to work with the Commonwealth Games to deliver another successful rugby tournament in the region.
“We’re also excited to host the Wrestling and Judo within the Ericsson Indoor Arena, adding to the diversity of sports and events we’ve already accommodated at the stadium – including scuba diving to monster truck driving to name a couple in recent months.”
🏟️ @RicohArena will host Rugby Sevens as well as Judo and Wrestling at the 2022 Commonwealth Games while Netball moves to the NEC.
— Wasps Rugby (@WaspsRugby) September 3, 2019
During the Games, the Ricoh Arena will be referred to as the Coventry Stadium and the Coventry Indoor Arena.
Ian Reid, Chief Executive Officer of 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, explained the venue changes announced today: “As is common practice for all major multi-sport events, we have been considering how best to optimise the mix of venues available to us, making sure we’re being as efficient as possible in terms of usage and cost, and ensuring that we are developing a fantastic experience and showcase for the sport, the athletes, the spectators and the host city and region.
“Moving the Rugby Sevens to the home of Wasps means we can capitalise on their existing reputation for delivering top-level rugby.”
The latest venue update has now been approved by the Commonwealth Games Federation’s Executive Board, ahead of its General Assembly in Rwanda at the start of September, which will see a team from Birmingham 2022 presenting an update on preparations for the event to representatives from the 71 Commonwealth nations and territories from across the globe.