When the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) was opened by the Queen in 1976 it only contained 89,000 square metres of exhibition space. This size was almost doubled in 1980 with the addition of the Genting Arena (previously known as the LG Arena). And with room for 16,000 screaming fans, it’s no wonder the Arena has hosted a huge array of international touring artists, from Bowie to Beyoncé. Some of the major events that have taken place at the Arena include World Wrestling, Crufts Dog Show and the BBC Sportsperson of the Year.
Resorts World Arena
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The Resorts World Arena offers the Midlands' outstanding entertainment experience for artists and visitors alike.
Whether it requires seated or standing, an intimate academy feel or show stopping arena style, the Resorts World Arena has the perfect layout for any show. Check out the Resorts World Arena website to find out what the venue will look like for your event.
Full disabled access means everyone can enjoy the Resorts World Arena. This includes dedicated ticket hotlines, designated parking, wheelchair accessible viewing areas and 11 disabled toilets. Let the venue know about your special requirements when you book and they’ll arrange everything you’ll need on the day.
Eating and Drinking
You’ll have no trouble finding pre or post event eats at the Resorts World Arena.
When the Arena doors open for your event, you’ll find a range of restaurants, cafés and bars ready to take your order. With plenty of choice and speedy service, enjoy the pre-show buzz without the worry of missing the curtain call. Feel like treating yourself? The Arena's premium concert hospitality provider, amplify, offers great food, prepared by some of the UK’s leading chefs.
Getting to the Resorts World Arena
Part of the NEC complex, the Resorts World Arena sits on the outskirts of Birmingham but at the centre of a transport hub. If you're jetting in, the Arena is just minutes away from Birmingham Airport. Simply take the Air-Rail Link to Birmingham International Railway Station, then it’s a short stroll. If you’re arriving by car, make sure you follow the electronic signs for your event. These will lead you to the nearest available car park. With express, pre-paid or just turn up and pay parking options, you’ll be able to find the best spot in no time.
Right at the heart of the UK motorway network and with over 16,000 parking spaces, driving to the Arena is no problem.
Hop on any bus heading to Birmingham Airport and you’ll only have a short walk to the Arena and show time.
Jump off the train at Birmingham International Railway Station and you’re already in the NEC, just a few minutes’ walk from the Arena.