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Barclaycard Arena

From world record breaking sports events to more intimate music showcases, the Barclaycard Arena has something for everyone. 

Birmingham Barclaycard Arena

History

When the National Indoor Arena (NIA) was opened by the athlete Linford Christie in 1991, it took the title of largest indoor arena in the UK. After a full renovation in 2014 costing £26 million, the venue was renamed the Barclaycard Arena.

It may no longer top the tables in terms of size, but it’s still up there when it comes to the biggest and best shows. Owned by the same group that runs the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), the Arena has hosted such major events as the World’s Biggest Panto, the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest and all manner of sports championships.

Getting there

Situated smack-bang in the centre of Birmingham, you’ll have no trouble getting to the Barclaycard Arena. 

Getting there by air

Conveniently located right next to the Airport, Birmingham International Station offers frequent trains to New Street Station. Prefer the comfort of your own ride? Hop in a taxi for the short 16-mile trip to the Arena.

Getting there by canal

If you’re in the mood for a slightly different journey, why not take to the water? The beautiful canalside location means you can beat the traffic and arrive at the Arena by barge.

Top tip

With thousands of fans arriving for some of the biggest and best events, the Arena can get very busy. To avoid queues, pre-pay for your parking and get your evening started even sooner.

Getting around the venue

Holding up to 15,800 fans at one time, the Barclaycard Arena is a fantastically flexible space. 

Layout

Whether it’s a sporting event in the side-seated arena or a more intimate concert, the venue can be adapted to have the perfect layout. Want to know what the venue will look like for your event? Check out the event’s page on the Barclaycard Arena website.

Disabled access

From the dedicated ticket hotlines to free parking for blue badge holders, the Arena has full disabled access. If you let the venue know about your special requirements at the time of booking, they’ll arrange everything so you don’t have to worry and can fully enjoy the event. 

Eating and drinking

The fun doesn’t have to wait for the curtain to come up. There’s lots to keep you busy at the Barclaycard Arena.

Pasta dishes

Inside the arena

If you want to arrive early and beat the crowds, there are plenty of places inside the Arena where you can grab a bite, meet friends, and enjoy the pre-show buzz. For a canalside view, head to the boardwalk where you’ll find a choice of diners and cafés.

Canals in Birmingham

Brindleyplace

Located right next to the Arena, Brindleyplace is the perfect spot to start or finish your evening. With its canalside terraces and tree-lined squares, you’ll find a whole host of restaurants, cafés and bars to enjoy. 

Looking for a hotel in Birmingham?

Whether you want to stay in Birmingham’s city centre, leafy suburbs or beautiful surrounding countryside, we have lots of hotels to choose from. If you need to be right on the doorstep, we have hotels next to Birmingham Airport and New Street Station, as well as the NEC, Barclaycard Arena and the Bullring.