|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
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.
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.
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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