The Genting Arena is a multipurpose indoor arena located at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) near Birmingham, England. It has a capacity of 16,000 seats. The venue was built as the seventh hall of the NEC complex. After 18 months of construction, the arena opened as the "Birmingham International Arena" in December 1980 with a concert by Queen.
Exterior of venue under new signage (c.2016)
Hall 7 (planning/construction)|
Birmingham International Arena (1980–83)
NEC Arena (1983–2008)
LG Arena (2008–14)
Birmingham B40 1NT
|Broke ground||11 April 1979|
|Opened||5 December 1980(as Birmingham International Arena)|
|Construction cost||£28 million (renovation)|
|Architect||Edward Mills & Partners|
|Structural engineer||Ove Arup & Partners|
The venue was known as Birmingham International Arena until 1 September 1983, then as NEC Arena from 5 September 1983 to 31 August 2008.
From 1 September 2008, the NEC Arena was officially renamed as the LG Arena, following a naming-rights sponsorship deal with global electronics company LG. The arena then underwent a £29 million overhaul of its facilities, paid for by loans from Birmingham City Council and regional development agency Advantage West Midlands.
Work on the LG Arena was finished mid October 2009 and the arena hosted its first concert with Tom Jones. Included in the installation were around 1,000 new seats, bringing the capacity to 16,000 to compete with venues such as The O2 Arena in London and the Manchester Arena in Manchester, which are amongst the busiest music venues in the world. Also constructed were new hospitality areas and a forum containing new bars, restaurants and other customer facilities. Prior to its first concert, the arena hosted the 2009 Horse of the Year show.
On 19 December 2010, it played host to the 2010 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, and it also hosted the 2016 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. On 5 November 2011, it played host to UFC 138.
In 2010, 2013 and 2017, it played host to a BAMMA event.
|BAMMA 3||Saturday 15 May 2010|
|BAMMA 14||Saturday 14 December 2013|
|BAMMA 29||Friday 12 May 2017|
Parent company The NEC Group also owns and operates the Barclaycard Arena (previously the National Indoor Arena) and International Convention Centre (ICC), both in central Birmingham, and the National Exhibition Centre.
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