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Cardiff International Arena (Currently known as the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff for sponsorship reasons and formerly known as Cardiff International Arena & Convention Centre) is an indoor exhibition centre and events arena located in Cardiff, the capital of Wales, and was opened on 10 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 upstairs of the building is known as the World Trade Centre.[2]

Cardiff International Arena
Cropped image of Motorpoint Arena (June 2014).JPG
Former namesCardiff International Arena & Convention Centre (1993–2000)
AddressMary Ann Street
CF10 2EQ
Coordinates51°28′40″N 3°10′17″W / 51.4778°N 3.1715°W / 51.4778; -3.1715Coordinates: 51°28′40″N 3°10′17″W / 51.4778°N 3.1715°W / 51.4778; -3.1715
OwnerLive Nation UK
OperatorLive Nation UK
Capacity5,000 (seating)
7,500 (standing)
Opened10 September 1993
Construction cost£23 million



The arena was opened on 10 September 1993, by Shirley Bassey, in front of 5,500 fans.[1] The concert was later televised on BBC One on 30 July 1994.[3] On 1 March 2011, the Cardiff International Arena was renamed Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, for sponsorship reasonss, after the car sales company entered into an agrrement regarding the naming rights to the Arena for five years in what was called "a seven-figure investment". Other names who have performed in the arena are among Westlife, Kylie Minogue, One Direction, Jessie J, Anastacia, JLS, Jason Derulo and Mariah Carey.[4] The arena is owned by the US media giant Live Nation UK.

In March 2015, the venue's 3000th event was marked by a show headlined by singer Katherine Jenkins.[5] In July 2016, Motorpoint extended its naming rights contract with the arena until at least 2021. This will include a complete re-branding of the building including installation of outdoor LED signage on the arena’s towers.[6]


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 30 additional areas, including a conference suite (groups of up to 460) and four executive boardrooms.[citation needed]


Comedian Lee Evans has brought four tours XL Tour, Big, Roadrunner and Monsters to the arena, Evans played his last show before retiring from stand-up at the Arena from 24 to 30 November 2014.[7][8]


The venue has hosted numerous concerts since it has opened. Artists who have played there include Bring Me The Horizon, Mariah Carey, Céline Dion, George Michael, Kylie Minogue, Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Metallica, The Script, New Kids on the Block, Take That, Paloma Faith, Gary Barlow. Avril Lavigne, Liam Gallagher, Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper, Dio, Meat Loaf, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Girls Aloud, Sugababes, Gabrielle, Jessie J, Steps, Little Mix, Anastacia, Fifth Harmony, Ellie Goulding, Olly Murs, Ella Eyre, John Newman, Westlife, Dua Lipa, Nicki Minaj, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, The Killers, Biffy Clyro, The Prodigy, The Nolans, The Beach Boys and local favourites Catatonia and the Manic Street Preachers.


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 Arena 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 was held in the arena from 24 to 25 September 2016.[9]

In February 2015, the Welsh Open snooker championship was transferred from the Newport Centre (where it had taken place since 2005) to the Arena.[10]

Professional WrestlingEdit

In 2019, WWE's NXT UK brand announced the venue would host the second ever TakeOver event for the brand, NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff. This took place on August 31, 2019 and was the first TakeOver to take place in Wales.[11]



  1. ^ a b Opening of the Cardiff International Arena 1993 Archived 18 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "49 landmark moments since Cardiff Motorpoint Arena opened its doors". Wales Online. 13 March 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  3. ^ "The Shirley Bassey Concert". Radio Times. No. 3681. 28 July 1994. p. 44. Retrieved 21 June 2018 – via BBC Genome.
  4. ^ Motorpoint takes Cardiff International Arena naming rights
  5. ^ "Katherine Jenkins to headline 3000th show for Cardiff arena". ITV News. 14 March 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Motorpoint extends its naming rights for the 7,500 capacity Cardiff centre arena". Wales Online. 19 July 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Lee Evans: Fun facts about the funnyman ahead of his Cardiff Motorpoint Arena run". Wales Online. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Lee Evans to retire from comedy circuit to spend more time with family". 20 November 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  9. ^ "BBC to show new Champions League of Darts from Cardiff". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Snooker: Cardiff move will boost Welsh Open - Barry Hearn". BBC News. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  11. ^ "NXT UK TakeOver". Retrieved 20 July 2019.

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