Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
|Former names||Cardiff International Arena & Convention Centre (1993–2000)
Cardiff International Arena (2000–2011)
|Location||Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Mary Ann Street
|Owner||Live Nation UK|
|Operator||Live Nation UK|
|Type||Live Music and Conference Venue|
|Opened||10 September 1993|
Motorpoint Arena Cardiff (formerly known as Cardiff International Arena) is an indoor exhibition centre and events arena, located in Cardiff, the capital of Wales and was opened on 10 September 1993, by Shirley Bassey, in front of 5,500 fans. It is Cardiff's largest purpose-built exhibition facility.
History, facilities and management
The arena was opened on 10 September 1993, by Shirley Bassey, in front of 5,500 fans. On 1 March 2011, the Cardiff International Arena was officially renamed Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, after the car sales company with a branch in Newport bought the naming rights to the Cardiff International Arena for five years in what was called a "a seven-figure investment".
The Main Arena offers 4,500 square metres of exhibition space, and is very versatile, for the number of different events that take place at the Arena. Full capacity can reach 7,500, in a standing layout and 5,000, for a fully seated event.
There are over thirty additional areas, including a conference suite (groups of up to 460) and 4 executive boardrooms.
- Security: Showsec
- Catering: In House
- Stewarding: In House/ Showsec
- Medical: FAST Ambulance Ltd
- Merchandise: CMI Continental Merchandisers
The arena contains a number of function areas, the largest being the Main Arena. Motorpoint Arena Cardiff has hosted many national and international events, such as concerts, sports and comedy performances.
- Take That have played at the arena on three occasions, first on November 12 1993 as part of their Everything Changes Tour and again on September 12 & 13 1994 on the Pops Tour.
- Celine Dion brought her Falling Into You Around the World Tour to the arena on November 11 1996.
- Kylie Minogue first performed at the arena on March 14 2001 on her On a Night Like This Tour. Kylie has since brought her KylieFever2002 show here for 4 nights on April 26-29 2002 and her Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour for 2 nights on March 25 & 26 2011. Kylie is set to bring her Kiss Me Once Tour to the arena on October 3 2014.
- Girls Aloud have performed here on numerous occasions: What Will the Neighbours Say...? Tour on May 8 2005, Chemistry: The Tour on May 30 2006, The Greatest Hits Tour (Girls Aloud) on May 23 2007 and finally on the Tangled Up Tour on May 18 & June 3 2008.
- P!nk played at the arena on November 7 2006 as part of her I'm Not Dead Tour.
- Beyoncé performed at the arena on June 5 2007 as part of The Beyoncé Experience.
- Rihanna brought her Good Girl Gone Bad Tour here on December 19 2007.
- Avril Lavigne brought The Best Damn Tour here on May 31, 2008 which was her first major world tour.
- The Killers brought their Day & Age World Tour here on February 28 2009, and returned again with their Battle Born World Tour on November 5 2012.
- British girl group The Saturdays brought their first headline tour, The Work Tour here on July 3 2009. They later returned on February 25 2011 on The Headlines Tour and again with All Fired Up! (tour) on December 5 2011. They are set to bring their Greatest Hits Live! Tour here on September 18 2014.
- Lady Gaga performed here on March 3 2010 as part of The Monster Ball Tour.
- Leona Lewis brought her first concert tour, The Labyrinth (tour) to the arena for 2 nights on July 5 & 6 2010. She later returned on May 12 2013 with her Glassheart Tour.
- X Factor winner Alexandra Burke brought her first concert tour, All Night Long Tour, to the arena on January 28 2011.
- Jason Derulo brought both his Jason Derulo World Tour on February 28 2011 and his Tattoos World Tour on March 19 2014 to the arena.
- Katy Perry brought her California Dreams Tour to the arena for two nights on April 1 and October 19 2011.
- Enrique Iglesias performed here on June 10 2011 as part of his Euphoria Tour.
- Iron Maiden brought The Final Frontier World Tour here on August 1 2011.
- Jessie J first performed at the arena on October 29 2011 on her Heartbeat Tour. She later returned with the Alive Tour on November 11 2013.
- British boyband One Direction first played the arena on January 21 2012 on their Up All Night Tour, and later returned on March 1 & 2 2013 with their Take Me Home Tour.
- Nicki Minaj brought her Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour to the arena on November 7 2012.
- Little Mix brought their DNA Tour to the arena on February 19 2013, and are set to return for 2 nights with their Salute Tour on May 31 & June 5 2014.
- Irish band The Script brought their 3 World Tour here on March 19 2013.
- British rapper Tinie Tempah performed at the arena on April 4 2014 to support his album, 'Demonstration'.
- Australian singer Kylie Minogue will bring her Kiss Me Once Tour to the arena on October 3 2014.
- American metal act Slipknot will bring their Prepare To Hell tour here on the 23rd January 2015 alongside Korn and King 81 Metallica 1996
- Comedian Lee Evans has brought four tours XL Tour, Big, Roadrunner and Monsters to the arena, Lee played his last ever show before retiring from stand-up at the motorpoint arena on 30th November 2014.
Since 2007, it has played host to the Premier League Darts.
|2007||Week 11||Thursday 12 April|
|2008||Play-Offs||Monday 26 May|
|2009||Week 14||Thursday 7 May|
|2010||Week 8||Thursday 1 April|
|2011||Week 8||Thursday 31 March|
|2012||Week 8||Thursday 29 March|
|2013||Week 7||Thursday 21 March|
|2014||Week 9||Thursday 3 April|
|7||Friday 2 July 2010|
|8||Wednesday 29 June 2011|
|9||Monday 25 June 2012|
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