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Commonwealth Games opening ceremony LIVE: Latest updates as Birmingham 2022 begins

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<p>The Queen’s Baton is passed on to Nadia Ahmed in Bordesley, Birmingham</p>

The Queen’s Baton is passed on to Nadia Ahmed in Bordesley, Birmingham

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The 2022 Commonwealth Games begin in Birmingham tonight with the opening ceremony at the redeveloped Alexander Stadium, which will play host to athletics when it starts next week.

Just over 10 years on from the memorable opening ceremony to the London Olympics, the creative team behind the show are expected to highlight the talent and diversity of the West Midlands in a show that will be around three hours long. At its heart will be the Parade of Nations, as participating athletes from countries across the Commonwealth walk into the stadium under their flag. Diver Jack Laugher and weightlifter Emily Campbell have been chosen as the flag bearers for the host nation, England.

More than 5,000 athletes will compete across 20 different sports for 280 gold medals over the next 10 days. These Games will be the first global multi-sport event to have more women’s medals than men’s, and will see the biggest integrated programme of para-sport yet.

Follow all the latest updates from the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony below.

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What time is Commonwealth Games opening ceremony?

The opening ceremony will start at around 7pm BST on Thursday 28th July and is expected to end at around 10:30pm.

The ceremony will be shown live on BBC One from seven and will also be available to stream live on the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer.

For those in Birmingham and the surrounding Midlands, there are still a few tickets left if you’d fancy seeing the show live and they are currently on sale at Birmingham2022.com.

The prices vary depending on the five ticket categories for each event with category A the most expensive and category E tickets the least expensive.

Tickets for the opening ceremony are priced at £22 to £290.

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Commonwealth Games opening ceremony live

Follow all the latest updates from the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

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