Birmingham is the home of athletics in the UK, having hosted more athletics events than any other city.
Arena Birmingham has now staged indoor athletics for 25 years, with the Indoor Grand Prix, the world's greatest indoor athletics event, proving to be one of the most popular sports event that the venue hosts. The same venue also hosted the IAAF World Indoor Championships in 2003 and the European Athletics Indoor Championships in 2007.
The city also annually stages the British Athletics Team Trials and the Muller Grand Prix at the Alexander Stadium, when thousands of athletics fans descend on Perry Barr, where the stadium is located, during the summer months.
But although Birmingham is rightly proud of its links to the number one Olympic sport, the city is passionate about all sport and other events hosted in recent years include the Yonex All England Badminton Championships, the Aegon Classic Tennis tournament, group games from the 2015 Rugby World Cup and several big fixtures as part of cricket’s ICC Champions Trophy, a tournament which will be coming back to Birmingham’s Edgbaston Stadium in 2017.
And it's not all about watching sports events in Birmingham, the city also stages a huge number of participation events and its portfolio is about to get bigger in 2017, with Velo Birmingham, which will see thousands of people cycling through the streets of the city in September and the city's first International Marathon taking place in October 2017.