Arena Birmingham (previously known as The Barclaycard Arena and the National Indoor Arena) is an indoor entertainment and sporting 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.
|Former names||National Indoor Arena (1991–2014)|
Barclaycard Arena (2014–17)
|Address||King Edwards Road|
|Opened||4 October 1991 (as National Indoor Arena)|
|Reopened||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
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. It is currently the third-largest indoor arena in the United Kingdom.
The arena was officially opened, as the National Indoor Arena, on 4 October 1991 by the athlete Linford Christie. When it was opened, the arena was intended to be an indoor sporting venue. However, the venue began to host entertainment events shortly after opening.
The arena currently hosts a variety of events including concerts, sporting events and conferences. It has a capacity of up to 15,800 using both permanent seating and temporary seating configurations.
In 2018 the arena had ticket sales of 497,443, which was the 4th highest in the United Kingdom.
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
- Eurovision Song Contest 1998
- 1999 World Judo Championships
- WWF Rebellion 1999
- 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 boy band Westlife held a concert for their Turnaround Tour and in 21, 22 and 23 of June 2019 for The Twenty Tour.
- Toy Story On Ice
- 2007 European Athletics Indoor Championships.
- Since 2007, it has played host the Premier League Darts every year.
- Tina Turner performed as part of her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour on 7 and 8 April 2009.
- Michael Flatley's Stage Show, Celtic Tiger
- 2010 European Men's Artistic Gymnastics Championships
- 2010 European Women's Artistic Gymnastics Championships
- It has played host to three BAMMA events. BAMMA 4 in 2010, BAMMA 7 in 2011 and BAMMA 9 in 2012.
- 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
- 2022 Commonwealth Games
Parent company The NEC Group also owns and operates the ICC Birmingham in central Birmingham, and the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) and Resorts World Arena (previously The NEC Arena, LG Arena and Genting Arena), based on The NEC site in nearby Solihull.
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