Was it really 30 years ago that Olympic star Linford Christie officially opened Birmingham’s Utility Arena? It certainly was so Encore! Congratulates the venue and its staff through the years for maintaining what is one of the best venues in the business!

Originally known as the National Indoor Arena, and in more recent times Arena Birmingham, The Barclaycard Arena, the arena has grown to become one of the world’s leading arenas, welcoming over half a million visitors a year.

Arena Birmingham is one of the busiest, large scale indoor sporting and entertainment venues in the world and accommodates everything from music, sport and comedy, to family entertainment and live theatre.  

Situated in the heart of the UK, the multi-purpose venue hosts over 100 events and welcomes over half a million visitors through its doors annually, with a capacity that can range from a maximum of 15,800 down to 2,464 for more intimate events.

Stand out events have been numerous but include the 2007 European Athletics Indoor Championships, the Eurovision Song Contest, 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships and the forthcoming 2022 Commonwealth Games along with world class artists such as Ed Sheeran, Queen and most recently, Genesis.

Guy Dunstan, Managing Director Arenas, NEC Group said, “What an amazing 30 years this venue has had! I have been here for most of the time the venue has been open, and I am so proud to have watched it evolve from an indoor sporting arena to hosting some of the world’s most prolific music artists and live events. We have continually invested in the Arena to ensure it has remained at the forefront of the UK arena market.

“When we opened, we had a vision to become a world class venue offering something for everyone. Looking back over 30 years that is exactly what we have achieved and with a really strong event programme ahead of us and the Commonwealth Games coming next year, we keep going from strength to strength.”

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