BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The city of Birmingham is gearing up for the start of the World Games 2022 by presenting plans to keep fans safe during the event while also attempting to limit any disruptions for residents.
During a press conference Tuesday, members of the city and the World Games announced closings across the area for the entire duration of the 10-day event.
“This is Birmingham’s international moment and we are committed to a world-class experience,” Woodfin said. “That includes making this the safest event possible by protecting the people gathered at our venues while striving to minimize the inconvenience to our community.”
This will be the largest sporting event to ever come to the Magic City. It has already been granted SEAR Level 1 classification, which will bring federal assistance for public safety, much like other major sporting events.
City officials say they have been in contact with businesses and residents in the area to notify them of the planned closings and secure perimeters. Specialty credentials will also be given to some residents to allow them to go through certain areas.
Some of the major road closings include:
- 12th Avenue North from 16th Street North to 25th Street North
- Rev. Abraham Woods Boulevard from 17th Street North to 25th Street North
- 6th Avenue North from 18th Street North to Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard
- 5th Avenue South from 40th Street to 42nd Street
- 40th Street South can not be accessed by 39th Street and 7th Avenue South
- 42nd Street South can not be accessed by 5th Alley, 6th Avenue South, 6th Alley, 7th Avenue South
- 1st Avenue South will be closed from 14th Street South to 18th Street South
- 8th Street South just south of University Boulevard to just north of 9th Court Street South
- 8th Avenue West from Center Street to 6th Street West
These closings will only impact vehicles as pedestrians will still be allowed to travel through the areas. A public transportation plan will be announced at a later time, according to the city. Additional secure perimeters will be in place at Birmingham-Southern College, the Birmingham CrossPlex and parts of UAB’s campus.
The World Games 2022 will take over Birmingham from July 7-17. Some of the closings will begin as early as the end of June. Maps of the closings and perimeters can be found by clicking here.
You can watch the full press conference live in the video above.