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|Former names||National Indoor Arena (1991–2014)|
|Location||King Edwards Road
(Lloyds Banking Group)
|Opened||4 October 1991|
|All England Open Badminton Championships
Sainsbury's Indoor Grand Prix
The Barclaycard Arena (previously the National Indoor Arena) an indoor sporting and entertainment venue in Birmingham, UK. Since opening in 1991, it has welcomed visitors to over 30 different sports and a variety of entertainment and music.
The Arena, which is owned by parent company, the NEC Group, is situated in central Birmingham. When it was opened in 1991, it was the largest indoor arena in the UK. The arena is able to host a variety of evens including concerts, business conferences and exhibitions. The Arena has a capacity of up to 12,700 using both permanent seating and temporary seating configurations. The NIA was officially opened on 4 October 1991 by the athlete Linford Christie.
The Barclaycard Arena is located alongside the Birmingham Canal Navigations Main Line's Old Turn Junction and opposite the National Sea Life Centre in Brindleyplace. Close to the arena, is The ICC which is also owned by the NEC Group.
In 2012 plans to refurbish and renovate the NIA were approved by Birmingham City Council. The plans included creating a showpiece entrance from the canal-side, three sky needle light sculptures, a new glazed facade fronting the canal and new pre-show hospitality elements. The design was by the architecture firm Broadway Malyan and the building contract was awarded to Royal BAM Group in 2013 with an projected finishing date of Winter 2014.
The £26 million redevelopment began work in June 2013 and completed in December 2014 and was officially opened by singer Michael Bublé on 2 December 2014. The arena will be called the Barclaycard Arena after Barclaycard won the naming rights for five years.
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Over the years it has hosted many notable events:
- 1993 and 2003 World Badminton Championships
- 1995 Netball World Championships
- 1998 Eurovision Song Contest.
- 1999 World Judo Championships
- On Saturday 2 October 1999, it played host to WWF Rebellion 1999
- Between Friday 14 March to Sunday 16 March of 2003, it played host to the 2003 IAAF World Indoor Championships.
- Davis Cup tennis matches (United States in 1999 and Sweden & Thailand in 2002)
- BBL Cup and BBL Finals Weekend matches
- Many basketball, powerlifting, table tennis, and wrestling competitions
- The British games company Games Workshop used the arena to stage their Games Day and Golden Demon events until 2003, when they moved to the larger National Exhibition Centre.
- Heart of England Judo championships
- The British Indoor Rowing Championships since 2000
- The Gladiators television programme from 1992 to 2000
- The All England Open Badminton Championships from 1994 to present day.
- 2007 European Athletics Indoor Championships.
- Michael Flatley's Stage Show, Celtic Tiger – DVD recording
- It has played host to three BAMMA events. BAMMA 4 on Saturday 25 September 2010, BAMMA 7 on Saturday 10 September 2011 and BAMMA 9 on Saturday 24 March 2012.
- Between Wednesday 7 July to Saturday 17 in 2010, it played host to the 2010 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship.
- 2010 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships
- 2011 Trampoline World Championships
- 2012 BMX World Championships
- 2012 All England Super Series Premier
- Total Nonstop Action Joker's Wild II pay per view taping on 2 February 2014.
- "The NIA Factsheet" (PDF). Retrieved 30 March 2011.[dead link]
- "Our brands". NEC Group. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
- "Venue Information". Barclaycard Arena. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
- "Birmingham NIA". ActivBirmingham. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
- "International firm awarded £24m contract to refurbish Birmingham NIA". Birmingham Post (Birmingham). 16 May 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
- Brown, Graeme (29 September 2014). "Michael Bublé to perform as NIA renamed the Barclaycard Arena". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
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|IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics
Budapest Sports Arena
Palacio de Deportes de la CAM
|European Indoor Championships in Athletics
|Eurovision Song Contest
International Convention Center