Barclaycard Arena

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This article is about an arena in Birmingham. For other uses, see National Indoor Arena (Jamaica).

Coordinates: 52°28′47″N 01°54′54″W / 52.47972°N 1.91500°W / 52.47972; -1.91500

Barclaycard Arena
Former names National Indoor Arena (1991–2014)
Location King Edwards Road
B1 2AA
Owner NEC Group
(Lloyds Banking Group)
Capacity 12,802 seated
14,150 standing[1]
Opened 4 October 1991
All England Open Badminton Championships
Sainsbury's Indoor Grand Prix
ECW on 16 October 2007, before the ECW tapings at the NIA, Birmingham UK

The Barclaycard Arena is an indoor sporting and entertainment venue in Birmingham, UK. Since opening as the National Indoor Arena 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.[2] 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.[3] The NIA was officially opened on 4 October 1991 by the athlete Linford Christie.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6] The arena will be called the Barclaycard Arena after Barclaycard won the naming rights for five years.[7]

The NIA hosting an athletics meeting

Notable events[edit]

Over the years it has hosted many notable events:


  1. ^ "The NIA Factsheet". Retrieved 30 March 2011. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Our brands". NEC Group. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Venue Information". Barclaycard Arena. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Birmingham NIA". ActivBirmingham. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "International firm awarded £24m contract to refurbish Birmingham NIA". Birmingham Post (Birmingham). 16 May 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Brown, Graeme (29 September 2014). "Michael Bublé to perform as NIA renamed the Barclaycard Arena". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Pavilhão Atlântico
IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics

Succeeded by
Budapest Sports Arena
Preceded by
Palacio de Deportes de la CAM
European Indoor Championships in Athletics

Succeeded by
Oval Lingotto
Preceded by
Point Theatre
Eurovision Song Contest

Succeeded by
International Convention Center