Motorpoint Arena Cardiff

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Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Motorpoint Arena logo.svg
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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
Website (Official Website)

Motorpoint Arena Cardiff (formerly known as Cardiff International Arena and also as The CIA) is an indoor exhibition centre and events arena located in Cardiff, the capital of Wales, and was opened in September 1993 by singer Shirley Bassey.[1] Its current name is due to a five-year sponsorship agreement. It is Cardiff's largest purpose-built exhibition facility.


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". Other names who have performed here are among One Direction, Jessie J, JLS and Jason Derulo.[2]

In March 2015 the venue's 3000th event was marked by a show headlined by singer Katherine Jenkins.[3]


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]


Cardiff International Arena (CIA)
The CIA logo
The front of the CIA in 2007

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


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.


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 from 24 to 30 November 2014.[4][5]


The venus has hosted many national and international performers and groups who have visited on tour since it opened. They include The Monkees whose 30th Anniversary Tour UK played March 1997 with all four original members. Others include Take That (1993, 1994), Celine Dion (November 1996), Kylie Minogue (2001, 2002, 2011 and 2014), Girls Aloud (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008), Kelly Clarkson (2006, 2008 and 2010), P!nk (November 2006), Beyoncé (2007), Rihanna (2007), Avril Lavigne (2008), The Killers (2009, 2012), The Saturdays (2009, twice in 2011, 2014), Paramore (2009, 2013), Lady Gaga (2010), Leona Lewis (2010, 2013), Alexandra Burke (2011), Jason Derulo (2011, 2014), Katy Perry (twice in 2011), Enrique Iglesias (2011), Iron Maiden (2011), Jessie J (2011, 2013), One Direction (2012, 2013), Nicki Minaj (2012), Little Mix (2013, 2014), The Script (2013), Tinie Tempah (2014), McBusted (2014, 2015), Slipknot (2008, 2015, 2016), S Club 7 reunion (2015), 5 Seconds of Summer (2015) and Elton John.

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


In 1999, the Cardiff International Arena hosted the (Nine-ball) World Professional Pool Championship. The official WPA World Nine-ball Championship was hosted at the Cardiff International Arena between 2000 and 2003.

Since 2007, the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff has been one of the Premier League Darts venues, including the semi finals and finals night of the 2008 Premier League Darts on 26 May 2008. The inaugural PDC Champions League of Darts will be coming to the arena on 24 to 25 September 2016.[6]

In February 2015 the Welsh Open snooker championship was transferred from the Newport Centre (where it had taken place since 2005) to the Motorpoint Arena.[7]


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