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
Location King Edwards Road
B1 2AA
Owner NEC 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 one of the busiest, large scale indoor sporting and entertainment venues in Europe. Since opening as the National Indoor Arena in 1991, it has welcomed visitors to over 30 different sports and an extensive variety of entertainment and music. Everything from Sir Cliff Richard, Eurovision Song Contest to Disney on Ice and Strictly Come Dancing.

The Arena, which is owned by parent company, the NEC Group, is situated in central Birmingham, England. When it was opened in 1991, it was the largest indoor arena in the UK.[2] The multi-purpose arena is as flexible as possible; it can stage concerts, entertainment spectaculars, business conferences and exhibitions. The adaptable format of the NIA Academy creates a more intimate theatre-style auditorium to accommodate smaller concerts, ballet as well as comedy and theatre. 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 NIA 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 NIA, 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 02 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:


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