The World Games are coming. Pardon the inconvenience.
But don’t worry. It’s temporary. And the impact – both economically and in terms of reputation – will be felt for years to come.
So, here’s the skinny: The World Games 2022 will be held in venues across metropolitan Birmingham, Alabama. In order to keep the venues secure, a number of roads will be closed during the July 7-17 games.
As a result, there will be a secure boundary with road closures around the following locations:
- BJCC/Protective Stadium and downtown
- Avondale Park
- Bessie Estell Park
- 1st Avenue South at Railroad Park
- Legion Field/8th Avenue West
How do spectators get to the events? The answer is free and easy.
Ride the Line, a collaboration between the City of Birmingham, Birmingham Organizing Committee and the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority, will provide free, air-conditioned transportation for fans during the 2022 World Games.
The shuttles will run in continuous loops from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. with three different routes:
- The Red Line – Begins in downtown Homewood at the Soho (18th South and 29th Ave. South), with stops at Vulcan Park, Five Points South and 20th Street South, before dropping people off at The World Games Plaza at The Hub at the Plaza on 22nd Street North. The Hub at the Plaza provides access to Boutwell Auditorium, Protective Stadium and the BJCC.
- The Green Line – Begins at World Games East Parking (5th South and 33rd Street South). The Green Line then proceeds to Avondale Park and Sloss Furnaces before unloading at The Hub at the Plaza. The route also includes transfers at Powell Avenue.
- The Blue Line – This one runs directly from Legion Field to The Hub at the Plaza.
Assigned parking areas are also provided as part of the service. There will be 650 spots at World Games East Parking and 2,000 spots at Legion Field.