Everything you need to know about the World Gymnastics Championships Liverpool 2022
1 month ago
Maybe not quite as high as those taking part, but we’re all jumping for joy at the thought of the World Gymnastics Championships taking place in the city.
And whether you are a fan, or just fancy the chance to see some of the world’s top athletes battling it out on the beam or the parallel bars, here’s everything you need to know.
What are the World Gymnastics Championships?
The World Gymnastics Championships are an Olympic qualifying event, in which the greatest gymnasts from around the globe show what they’re made of and go head to head over nine days of competition.
When are the Championships?
The Championships take place between Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, November 6. The qualification stages run from October 29 to Monday, October 31, with the finals taking place from Tuesday, November 1.
Where are they being held?
The Championships are being staged at the M&S Bank Arena.
Who is taking part?
There are more than 400 athletes taking part from 74 countries around the world, including more than two dozen World and Olympic medallists. Among them are Tokyo 2020 champions Rebeca Andrade (BRA, Women’s Vault), Jade Carey (USA, Women’s Floor Exercise), Nina Derwael (BEL, Uneven Bars), Artem Dolgopyat (ISR, Men’s Floor Exercise), Hashimoto Daiki (JPN, Men’s All-Around and Horizontal Bar), and Zou Jingyuan (CHN, Parallel Bars).
What event is happening, when?
Saturday and Sunday – Women’s Qualification: Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, Floor.
Monday – Men’s Qualification: Floor, Pommel Horse, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars, Horizontal Bar.
Tuesday – Women’s Team Final: Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam.
Wednesday – Men’s Team Final: Foor, Pommel Horse, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars, Horizontal Bar.
Thursday – Women’s Individual All-Around Final: Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, Floor.
Friday – Men’s Individual All-Around Final: Floor, Pommel Horse, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars, Horizontal Bar
Saturday – Apparatus – Women’s and Men’s Finals
Women’s: Vault, Uneven Bars
Men’s: Floor, Pommel Horse, Rings
Sunday – Apparatus – Women’s and Men’s Finals
Women’s: Balance Beam, Floor
Men’s: Vault, Parallel Bars, Horizontal Bar
For a full session schedule go to the website HERE.
Can I still get tickets – and how much are they?
There’s a range of tickets including Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze categories, starting from £10 for qualifiers and £30 for finals (plus booking and handling fees) and including access to the WGC2022 fan zone at the venue. Tickets are still available to most sessions.
What is the fan zone?
Located in the Exhibition Centre Liverpool, the fan zone is a ‘have-a-go’, hands on, interactive space. There’ll be activities and a chance to find out more about gymnastics, and you can watch artistic performances and take part in creative workshops. It’s free for ticket holders and members of the public.
Is there an App for the event?
There is. Search for ‘World Gymnastics 2022 LIVE’ on IOS and Android store to take part in audience light shows and activities that’ll be happening alongside the Gymnastics!
How do I get there?
Train: The nearest train station is Lime Street Station which is only a 20-minute walk away or you can get on the Merseyrail underground Wirral Line to James Street Station which is a 10-minute walk from the arena.
Be aware there’s industrial action planned for Saturday, Nov 5, and Monday, Nov 7, which is likely cause disruption to train services.
Bus: The bus station at Liverpool ONE is only five-minutes’ walk from M&S Bank Arena and if you’re coming from Liverpool Lime Street, the CityLink bus service runs a circular route around the city which stops at both the station and M&S Bank Arena.
If you’re planning to use the bus from other areas across Liverpool City Region, go to the Merseytravel website for all bus routes and times.
By car: Use the postcode L3 4BX or “that.having.spoon” on What3Words. The Kings Dock Car Park and all other on-site parking is signposted ‘Waterfront’ on the city-wide ‘available spaces’ signage. There are 1,450 parking spaces available in the Kings Dock Car Park with electric charging points on each floor.