Sports fans can begin the process of reserving places for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games from today with registration for the ticket ballot now live.

People can now set up ticket accounts at the official Games website, with residents from the host region able to apply for tickets in July and the main ticket ballot beginning in September.

Organisers have confirmed that every session for next summer’s multi-sport event will have tickets available from £22, including the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and all medal sessions. Birmingham 2022 will also have tickets starting from just £8 for under 16s and from £15 for adults.

Birmingham 2022 said in a statement that “with limited opportunities to attend live sports events in recent months, a huge amount of interest in tickets for the Games is expected, especially as the sports programme is the biggest in Commonwealth history”.

Matt Kidson, director of sport for Birmingham 2022 said: “With more detail for our sports programme now revealed, the Games is really taking shape and it’s time for people to start planning which sessions they want to attend next summer, as our tickets will go on sale very soon.

“With 19 different sports and eight Para sports, we have such a rich and varied programme and there will be medal moments on every single day of competition.

“We also have a really interesting mix of venues, with established facilities like the NEC and Arena Birmingham, beautiful parks like St Nicholas Park and West Park and exciting redevelopments like the Alexander Stadium, where the progress in the last 12 months has been phenomenal.”

The full event schedule, released today, features 286 sessions, including new sports such as women’s cricket T20 and basketball 3×3.

Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “Birmingham 2022 is fast approaching and it’s exciting that fans can now start planning which sporting events they want to see next year.

“With children’s ticket prices starting at £8, I hope that families from across the West Midlands will take up this once in a generation opportunity to see the best athletes in the world compete on their doorstep.”

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held from July 28 until August 8, 2022. The Alexander Stadium, which will host the opening and closing ceremonies for the Games as well as the athletics events, is currently being redevloped (pictured).