|Former names||National Indoor Arena (1991–2014)|
Barclaycard Arena (2014–17)
|Address||King Edwards Road|
(Lloyds Banking Group)
|Opened||4 October 1991 (as National Indoor Arena)|
2 December 2014 (as Barclaycard Arena)
1 September 2017 (as Arena Birmingham)
|Construction cost||£26 million (renovation)|
|Architect||Broadway Malyan (renovation)|
|Structural engineer||Rodgers Leaske|
|Main contractors||Royal BAM Group (renovation)|
|All England Open Badminton Championships|
Sainsbury's Indoor Grand Prix
Arena Birmingham (previously known as The Barclaycard Arena and the National Indoor Arena) is an indoor sporting and entertainment venue in Birmingham, United Kingdom. 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 hosts a variety of events including concerts, business conferences and exhibitions. It has a capacity of up to 15,800 using both permanent seating and temporary seating configurations. The NIA was officially opened on 4 October 1991 by the athlete Linford Christie.
The 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 in June 2013. The redeveloped arena was officially opened with a performance by singer Michael Bublé on 2 December 2014. It was renamed the "Barclaycard Arena" in November 2014 after Barclaycard won the naming rights for five years, but in May 2016 it was announced that the naming deal would end early, and from September 2017 it would be named Arena Birmingham.
- Gladiators was recorded at the arena from 1992 to 1999
- 1993 IBF World 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 2003, it played host to the 2003 IAAF World Indoor Championships.
- Great Britain Davis Cup tennis matches (vs. United States in 1999, vs. Sweden and Thailand in 2002, and vs. Japan in 2016)
- BBL Cup and BBL Finals Weekend matches
- 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.
- 2003 IBF World Championships
- On 9 June 2004, Irish vocal pop band Westlife held a concert for their Turnaround Tour supporting their album Turnaround.
- Toy Story On Ice
- 2007 European Athletics Indoor Championships.
- Tina Turner performed as part of her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour on 7 and 8 April 2009.
- Michael Flatley's Stage Show, Celtic Tiger – DVD recording
- 2010 European Men's Artistic Gymnastics Championships
- 2010 European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships
- 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 and Saturday 17 July 2010, it played host to the 2010 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship.
- 2011 Trampoline World Championships
- Total Nonstop Action Joker's Wild II pay per view taping on 2 February 2014.
- Linkin Park performed here as part of the One More Light Tour on 6 July 2017. This was the band's last performance of the European leg, as the remaining show in Manchester were cancelled due to a bombing at the Manchester Arena, where the band was supposed to perform. It was also the final performance of lead singer Chester Bennington before his death on 20 July 2017.
- Celine Dion performed as part of her Celine Dion Live 2017 tour on 27 July 2017 and 3 August 2017. Her first UK tour in nine years. She is the highest grossing performer for the venue so far during 2017.
- 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships
- 25th to 27th May 2018 ESL ONE Birmingham Dota 2 Major - 1st ever major, international Dota 2 event to be held in the UK
Parent company The NEC Group also owns and operates the International Convention Centre (ICC) in central Birmingham, and the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and Genting Arena (previously The NEC Arena and LG Arena), based on The NEC site in nearby Solihull.
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