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Barclaycard Arena

Barclaycard Arena
Former names National Indoor Arena (1991–2014)
Location King Edwards Road
B1 2AA
Owner NEC Group
(Lloyds Banking Group)
Capacity 15,800[1]
Opened 4 October 1991
All England Open Badminton Championships
Sainsbury's Indoor Grand Prix
ECW on 16 October 2007, before the ECW tapings at the NIA, Birmingham UK

The Barclaycard Arena (previously the National Indoor Arena) is an indoor sporting and entertainment venue in Birmingham, UK. 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.[2] 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.[3] The NIA was officially opened on 4 October 1991 by the athlete Linford Christie.[4]

The arena was renamed after it underwent an extensive renovation which was completed at the end of 2014.

The Barclaycard 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.


  • Renovation 1
  • Notable events 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


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.[5]

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.[6] It was renamed the Barclaycard Arena after Barclaycard won the naming rights for five years.[7]

The NIA hosting an athletics meeting

Notable events


  1. ^ "Venue Information | Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham". Archived from the original on 8 June 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Our brands". NEC Group. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Venue Information". Barclaycard Arena. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Birmingham NIA". ActivBirmingham. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "International firm awarded £24m contract to refurbish Birmingham NIA".  
  6. ^ Brown, Graeme (29 September 2014). "Michael Bublé to perform as NIA renamed the Barclaycard Arena". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  7. ^ [2] Archived 30 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine

External links

  • Official website
  • Construction of the Arena's Roof
Preceded by
Pavilhão Atlântico
IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics

Succeeded by
Budapest Sports Arena
Preceded by
Palacio de Deportes de la CAM
European Indoor Championships in Athletics

Succeeded by
Oval Lingotto
Preceded by
Point Theatre
Eurovision Song Contest

Succeeded by
International Convention Center
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