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“No leg room” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Barclaycard Arena

Barclaycard Arena
King Edward Road, Birmingham B1 2AA, England
0844 338 8000
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Ranked #89 of 306 things to do in Birmingham
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Derby, England, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“No leg room”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

This is one of the most uncomfortable venues I can remember going to. The legroom between the rows of seating is tiny and there is a steel bar running behind the seats in front of you which gets painful on your shins very quickly.

I am 6'3" so am used to a certain level of discomfort at venues like this, but my wife 5'7" also had issues with the limited legroom.

If you are going there for an event where you expect to be stood up, then fine, but if you expect to be seated for 2 or more hours, good luck.

Visited March 2013
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Redditch, United Kingdom
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84 reviews 84 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Excellent Area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

By being bang in the center of Birmingham the NIA benefits from having fantastic bars/restaurants and hotels within a stones throw definitely worth a visit

Visited June 2012
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Camberley, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
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“Alfie Boe tour”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Not a bad location. Accoustics ok (base notes a little heavy for my liking). Seating on the floor of the arena is removable and not greatly comfortable - it was a relief to be able to stand up on occasions ! Best not to sit in the centre as the seats are in straight lines - easier to sit at the sides and be able to look through the seats in front. All in all fairly average for this kind of event.

Visited March 2013
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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13 attraction reviews
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“Great concert, shame about the venue...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

I have been to the NIA a few times and it is always a bit of a disappointment. They have some good concerts and shows, but it is just a very draughty shed! It seriously needs a facelift. The staff were however very helpful.

Visited March 2013
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Devon, England
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“British Athletics Grand Prix”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

The NIA venue is a comfortable 15 - 20 minute walk from Birmingham New Street station. The british athletics grand prix was excellent, with international and olympic athletes and events constantly going on; almost too much to watch! A thoroughly enjoyable event. The only thing I would have wished for is food to buy that wasn't chips, burgers, hot dogs, pizza - come on NIA have some imagination! Otherwise an excellent day out at a very good venue.

Visited February 2013
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