Logistics of hosting the Commonwealth Games - SportsHotels .com

Logistics of hosting the Commonwealth Games

Playing host to the Commonwealth Games is an amazing opportunity for sport here in the UK and one that we’re sure will bear fruit for many years to come.

There will be an estimated 5,000 athletes taking part, 30,000 fans present in the stadium for every single session and 6,000 volunteers supporting the games. This huge amount of footfall will of course present a logistical challenge to Birmingham and the surrounding areas and here we take a look at what makes up the logistical structure of hosting a world-renowned event like the Commonwealth Games.

Accommodation at the Commonwealth Games

So, why not start where our expertise is? The Games will pull in people of all ages from all corners of the world and of course, these people need somewhere to stay. The great thing about sport is that it’s for everyone, but that also presents a challenge as organisers will have to ensure there are different levels of accommodation available to suit various groups of people. Not everyone is going to have cash to splash and many will be looking for that quick and easy budget stay.


Travel is of course vital. Birmingham is the UK’s second city and prone to traffic problems seven days a week, let alone with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of people. Organisers will have to ensure a thorough traffic plan has been tried and tested ahead of the games. There must be a system which doesn’t (too much) disrupt the day-to-day activities of the residents or Birmingham, as although they’re lucky to live on the doorstep of one of the world’s most famous events, they’ve still got their jobs to do!


The Games has already said it’s working closely with partners, suppliers, and stakeholders across the region to reduce carbon footprint wherever possible, inspire others to make positive change, and bring environmental and social benefits to the region as part of a lasting legacy. Having said that, it’s going to be tough planning an environmentally friendly event when thousands are jetting in from the breadth of the Commonwealth. However, quick wins like encouraging spectators to use public transport, walk or cycle – and making it easy and accessible to do so – will be of tremendous benefit to carrying out a sustainable event.


It’s important every single person who visits the games has a fantastic experience and safety is the ultimate key to this. Following the pandemic the need for safe and stringent events has never been greater. Granted, these games will largely be outdoors, but a large portion of spectators will still expect to see a plan that covers all bases and one that has been communicated effectively beforehand and throughout.

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