The Birmingham Organizing Committee for The World Games 2022 today announced the next three competition venues: Oak Mountain State Park, Barber Motorsports Park and John Carroll Catholic High School. The World Games 2022 signage has been installed at all three venues.
“The excitement about the competition at these venues grows as we unveil each one,” The World Games 2022 chief executive officer Nick Sellers said. “We’ve announced 11 venues to date and have six to go. All of these venues are world-class and we look forward to seeing fans from all over the world witness history as athletes compete for gold in July of 2022.”
Oak Mountain State Park will play host to several water-based competitions, including Waterski/Wakeboard, Canoe Marathon and Orienteering (middle distance).
Since it was established by the Alabama State Lands Act of 1927, Oak Mountain State Park has grown to 9,940 acres making it Alabama’s largest state park. With the largest land-area, one of the widest varieties of outdoor activities of any state park, and its proximity to Birmingham, Oak Mountain is a perfect stop while traveling to and from the state’s largest city.
“We are honored that Oak Mountain State Park will play a role in The World Games 2022 in Birmingham, and we are tremendously excited about hosting orienteering, canoe marathon, waterskiing and wakeboarding events at the park,” Park Superintendent Kelly Ezell said. “It’s going to be a truly exciting time for the competitors, the spectators and our park. We believe Oak Mountain is one of Alabama’s treasures, and we can’t wait for people from all over the globe to see amazing athletes compete in one of our state’s most scenic places during The World Games."
At Barber Motorsports Park, fans can watch Drone Racing and Canopy Piloting.
The Barber Motorsports Park is an 880-acre, multi-purpose racing facility located on the eastern fringes of Birmingham, Alabama. It was built by George Barber and includes the Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum, which has been named “World’s Largest Motorcycle Museum” by the Guinness World Records. The Park, which opened in 2003, has a 17-turn, 2.38-mile (3.83 km) road course, designed by Alan Wilson, viewable from several naturally wooded or grass-covered banks.
“We at Barber Motorsports Park are excited to be part of The World Games 2022,” said owner and founder George Barber. “The Greater Birmingham Area will be center-stage for the world in the coverage of all the events associated with The World Games. This includes the events held at Barber Motorsports Park. The Park and Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum are honored to be part of this historic event.”
Flying Disc will take place on the campus of John Carroll Catholic High School.
Founded in 1946, John Carroll is home to more than 500 students and focuses on development of the whole person through spiritual growth, academics, the arts, athletics, and discipline in the context of a Christ-centered environment.
"John Carroll Catholic High School is proud to be a partner of The World Games 2022 and we look forward to welcoming many of the athletes, and their fans, to our beautiful campus next summer,” said John Carroll Principal Anthony Montalto. “The opportunity to be a part of an endeavor that includes other first-class businesses and community leaders in our city is a privilege. We want to thank The World Games officials for their diligent work on behalf of the city of Birmingham, and we offer our support in making this event the most successful one in The World Games history."
The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years by the International World Games Association under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee. The 11th edition of The World Games will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, 7-17 July 2022. 3,600 athletes from over 30 sports and 100 countries will take part in The World Games.