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Barclaycard Arena

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

Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

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. If you're jetting in, Birmingham International Station offers frequent trains to New Street Station. 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.

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With 2,000 on-site car parking spaces, driving to the Arena is no trouble. It can get busy so leave plenty of time for your journey.

Birmingham bus


With a choice of routes running right past the Arena, you’ll be able to hop on a bus and get on your way whatever the time of day.

Birmingham New Street Station


Jump on a train to Birmingham New Street, Moor Street, Snow Hill or Five Ways stations and you’ll only have a short walk to the Arena.

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. 

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.

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 Barclaycard Arena

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

Canals in Birmingham

Outside the Barclaycard Arena

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 the city centre, leafy suburbs or beautiful surrounding countryside, we have lots of Premier Inn hotels in Birmingham to choose from. Whether you're staying in Birmingham for business, or pleasure, you'll also find hotels next to the major travel hubs like Birmingham Airport and Birmingham New Street Station, as well as conference venues the NEC, Barclaycard Arena and The Bullring for retail therapy.