Motorpoint Arena Cardiff

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This article is about the venue, formerly known as the Cardiff International Arena. For the ice arena, see Cardiff Arena.
Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
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Former names Cardiff International Arena & Convention Centre (1993–2000)
Cardiff International Arena (2000–2011)
Location Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Mary Ann Street
CF10 2EQ
Owner Live Nation UK
Operator Live Nation UK
Type Live Music and Conference Venue
Capacity 5,000 (Seating)
7,500 (Standing)
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.[1] It is Cardiff's largest purpose-built exhibition facility.

History, facilities and management[edit]

The arena was opened on 10 September 1993, by Shirley Bassey, in front of 5,500 fans.[1] 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 seven-figure investment".[2]

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.[citation needed]

The arena is owned by the US media giant Live Nation UK.

  • Security: Showsec
  • Catering: In House
  • Stewarding: In House/ Showsec
  • Medical: FAST Ambulance Ltd
  • Merchandise: CMI Continental Merchandisers
Cardiff International Arena (CIA)
The CIA logo
The front of the CIA in 2007


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.

Major events[edit]

Since 2007, it has played host to the Premier League Darts.

Year Week Date
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

Between 2009 and 2012, it played host to the Cardiff audition stages of the ITV singer search programme The X Factor.

Series number Date
6  ?, 2009
7 Friday 2 July 2010
8 Wednesday 29 June 2011
9 Monday 25 June 2012


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Coordinates: 51°28′40″N 3°10′17″W / 51.4778°N 3.1715°W / 51.4778; -3.1715