The Commonwealth Games 2022 kicked off on a Thursday night with a loud and unabashed celebration of all things Birmingham.

Birmingham was dreaming about an opportunity like this for over four decades.

The eagerly anticipated Commonwealth Games 2022 will begin in Birmingham.

The official opening ceremony begins at 7pm on Thursday July 28, at Alexander Stadium.

The event will also include the return of the Queen's Baton Relay as well as music by Tony Lommi of Black Sabbath and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

The first day of action on the 29th of July, on a Friday and continues for the next 11 days.

more than 5,000 athletes representing 72 countries are expected take part in 280 competitions.

This year, there are a few new sports that are taking place such as women's T20 cricket, basketball 3x3, and 3-wheelchair basketball.

1.Cycling - mountain bike 2.Gymnastics - artistic 3.Judo 4.Para powerlifting 5.Table tennis and para table tennis

Full list of Commonwealth Games sports for 2022

6.Wrestling 7.3x3 wheelchair basketball 8.Athletics and para athletics 9.Boxing 10.Cycling - road 11.Gymnastics - rhythmic 12.Lawn bowls and para lawn bowls 13.Rugby sevens

14.Triathlon and para triathlon  15.Aquatics - diving 16.Badminton 17.Cricket T20 18.Cycling - track and para track 19.Hockey 20.Netball 21.Squash