Well, Birmingham – The World Games 2022 have officially come to an end. All of the hard work our city and community put in to prepare for this event was finally put into motion and we must admit, we are very impressed! It was something special getting to see our city work together to help Birmingham put its best foot forward for all of our international visitors to see. Not to mention, all the great things that Birmingham has gotten out of it – the brand-new City Walk, Protective Stadium, a refreshed 20th Street – I mean, come on! That’s a win for our city if we’ve ever seen one. If that doesn’t make you want to go downtown and check out all the cool new additions we’ve gotten (not to mention the chance to continue supporting all of our local businesses downtown), we don’t know what will!
Now, before we officially close this chapter, it’s only fair to wrap up this special event with a highlight reel of some of our favorite moments from The World Games 2022!
We can’t think of a better way to kick off this multi-sport event than with a performance by the one and only Nelly!
One of the most highly anticipated events during TWG 2022 was Sumo Wrestling! If you were one of the folks who snagged tickets to this event, consider yourself lucky.
Tourists and locals alike enjoying all the new additions to our city, like Protective Stadium!
Vulcan and Vespa joined in on the fun as well!
There were lots of happy tears and celebrations!
And some more celebrations…because you can never really have enough!
Mayor Randall Woodfin passing The World Games flag over to Chengdu, China where the next World Games will be held.
And the moment we were ALL waiting for…Alabama native and superstar, Lionel Richie, closed out The World Games 2022 with an unforgettable performance!
Magic City Match is a program that transforms lives and opens doors for Black entrepreneurs and business owners. Led by REV Birmingham and powered by Prosper, this initiative aims to create opportunities for Black-owned businesses by matching them with brick-and-mortar spaces where they can thrive. After a successful pilot program in 2022, Magic City Match is back in action and ready to empower a new wave of entrepreneurs.
One of the most legendary and storied neighborhoods of Birmingham is Woodlawn. It is a community, anchored by one of the great public high schools of Birmingham, that has produced many citizens who contributed to the life of our city and has had an impact beyond the neighborhood itself. In a short post like this true justice cannot be done to the rich heritage and legacy of Woodlawn. However, we hope that this narrative brings together many of the diverse threads that make up the fabric of the community’s historic arc in a concise piece.
Woof, woof! I’ve been having an absolute blast visiting my sister in Downtown Birmingham. I can hardly wait to share all the details with you once you return from your vacation. In the meantime, I wanted to put paw to paper and tell you all about it, with the hope of convincing you that moving Downtown could be the most wonderful decision ever.