|Location||Birmingham, United Kingdom|
The Utilita Arena Birmingham, formerly known as Arena Birmingham, The Barclaycard Arena and the National Indoor Arena, is the largest indoor sporting arena and an entertainment venue in Birmingham, established in 1991. The stadium has both permanent and temporary seating facilities. It was inaugurated by Linford Christie, who was an athlete by profession. At present, it is managed by NEC Group. The renovation that included new pre-show hospitality elements, a new glazed facade, three "sky needle" light sculptures and a showpiece entrance of the arena was started in 2012 that took around two years to complete. The renovation's designs were made by Broadway Malyan and constructed by Royal BAM Group. It hosts various events, including concerts with performances of celebrities (such as Michael Flatley, Mariah Carey), business conferences, and exhibitions. On 16 January 2020, it was declared that from 15 April 2020, the arena's name would be changed to Utilita Arena Birmingham. Utilita Arena Birmingham is currently the third-largest indoor arena in the United Kingdom. In 2019, the arena's ticket sales were 530,597, which was the 4th highest in the UK.
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