Residents of the West Midlands region in England have been granted exclusive early bird access to tickets for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The multi-sport event is giving locals the opportunity to apply for tickets in an exclusive ballot by registering for an account on the event website from today (Wednesday) through to July 30.

The ballot is open to the residents of the West Midlands, as defined by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). This includes people living in Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands, and Worcestershire.

Matt Kidson, director of sport for Birmingham 2022, said: “Birmingham 2022 is a once in a lifetime opportunity for residents of the West Midlands, with the Games being held, essentially, in their backyard.

“We want to make sure that everyone who lives locally has a chance to experience the Games, through volunteering, spectating, or soaking up the festival atmosphere – that’s why we are launching a priority access ticket sale today for people with a West Midlands postcode. This is your chance to experience the biggest sporting event to be held in the UK for a decade.”

The Commonwealth Games, which will be held from July 28 until August 8, 2022, has more than one million tickets available, with ticket prices starting from £8 for under 16s and from £15 for adults. There will also be £22 tickets available for every session throughout the Games, including all medal sessions and the opening and closing ceremonies.

Tickets will also be available in the main ballot in September, which is open to everyone in the UK.

The Games will feature 286 sessions across 19 sports, such as athletics, swimming, gymnastics, and netball, as well as a host of new sports including women’s cricket T20, basketball 3×3, wheelchair basketball 3×3, and mixed synchronised diving.

To coincide with the West Midlands ballot, Birmingham 2022 today unveiled a newly refurbished basketball court in Summerfield Park in Ladywood, Birmingham. The court has been designed by Team England basketball player Kofi Josephs and local graffiti artist Zuke, who painted a bespoke, colourful mural onto the court.

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “With the opening of the priority ticket ballot, Birmingham 2022 is firmly within our sights on the horizon. I am delighted the people of Birmingham will be amongst those getting the first opportunity to buy tickets for 11 days of fantastic sporting action, taking place at a range of superb locations in their city and further afield.

“The Games will show off the best of Birmingham as the Proud Host City and this is your chance to secure your attendance at the largest event to be staged in our history.”