Motorpoint Arena Cardiff

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Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Motorpoint Arena logo.svg
Cropped image of Motorpoint Arena (June 2014).JPG
Former namesCardiff International Arena & Convention Centre (1993–2000)
Cardiff International Arena (2000–2011)
LocationMotorpoint Arena Cardiff
Mary Ann Street
Cardiff
CF10 2EQ
Wales
TypeLive Music and Conference Venue
Opened10 September 1993
OwnerLive Nation UK
OperatorLive Nation UK
Capacity5,000 (Seating)
7,500 (Standing)
Websitelivenation.co.uk/cardiff
 
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This article is about the venue, formerly known as the Cardiff International Arena. For the ice arena, see Cardiff Arena.
Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Motorpoint Arena logo.svg
Cropped image of Motorpoint Arena (June 2014).JPG
Former namesCardiff International Arena & Convention Centre (1993–2000)
Cardiff International Arena (2000–2011)
LocationMotorpoint Arena Cardiff
Mary Ann Street
Cardiff
CF10 2EQ
Wales
TypeLive Music and Conference Venue
Opened10 September 1993
OwnerLive Nation UK
OperatorLive Nation UK
Capacity5,000 (Seating)
7,500 (Standing)
Websitelivenation.co.uk/cardiff

Motorpoint Arena Cardiff (formerly known as Cardiff International Arena) is an indoor exhibition centre and events arena, located in Cardiff, the capital of Wales and was opened on 10 September 1993, by Shirley Bassey, in front of 5,500 fans.[1] It is Cardiff's largest purpose-built exhibition facility.

History, facilities and management[edit]

The arena was opened on 10 September 1993, by Shirley Bassey, in front of 5,500 fans.[1] On 1 March 2011, the Cardiff International Arena was officially renamed Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, after the car sales company with a branch in Newport bought the naming rights to the Cardiff International Arena for five years in what was called a "a seven-figure investment".[2]

The Main Arena offers 4,500 square metres of exhibition space, and is very versatile, for the number of different events that take place at the Arena. Full capacity can reach 7,500, in a standing layout and 5,000, for a fully seated event.

There are over thirty additional areas, including a conference suite (groups of up to 460) and 4 executive boardrooms.[citation needed]

The arena is owned by the US media giant Live Nation UK.

Cardiff International Arena (CIA)
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The front of the CIA in 2007


Events[edit]

The arena contains a number of function areas, the largest being the Main Arena. Motorpoint Arena Cardiff has hosted many national and international events, such as concerts, sports and comedy performances.

Major events[edit]

Metallica 1996

Since 2007, it has played host to the Premier League Darts.

YearWeekDate
2007Week 11Thursday 12 April
2008Play-OffsMonday 26 May
2009Week 14Thursday 7 May
2010Week 8Thursday 1 April
2011Week 8Thursday 31 March
2012Week 8Thursday 29 March
2013Week 7Thursday 21 March
2014Week 9Thursday 3 April

Between 2009 and 2012, it played host to the Cardiff audition stages of the ITV singer search programme The X Factor.

Series numberDate
6 ?, 2009
7Friday 2 July 2010
8Wednesday 29 June 2011
9Monday 25 June 2012

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Coordinates: 51°28′40″N 3°10′17″W / 51.4778°N 3.1715°W / 51.4778; -3.1715