The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is the NEC Group’s flagship venue – where brands are born, products are launched, and networks are made. It is the UK’s largest exhibition venue and one of Europe’s leading event destinations. It welcomes around 2.3 million visitors and over 45,000 exhibiting companies to more than 500 events every year.
The NEC Arena is the Midlands’ outstanding entertainment experience for artists and visitors alike. As one of the world’s top entertainment arenas, it hosts the world’s best comedians, sportspeople, singers, songwriters, dancers, daredevils and everything in between. Whether it’s the year’s hottest gig in the company of 15,700 fans, or an intimate, atmospheric, once-in-a-lifetime experience, this venue has it all. With over 100 shows per year, welcoming over 700,000 people through its doors, NEC Arena continues to provide world-class entertainment.
Being at the heart of the national motorway network and physically linked to both Birmingham Airport and Birmingham International Railway Station, 75% of the UK’s population are based within a three-hour drive time.
Arrive Early: Arrive at The NEC 90 minutes before your scheduled session start time. You can then access your sport's hall 60 minutes before the session begins. The NEC arena will be open 90 minutes before the scheduled session start time. If you intend on driving, please ensure you pre-book your car parking space.
Accessibility: This site will have a mixture of existing and temporary accessibility facilities. This includes changing places toilets in both the NEC Arena and NEC piazza. The site is mostly flat with hard standing pathways, with ramp and lift access to some of the exhibition halls.
Pre-bookable Blue Badge parking is available.
Accessible Golf Buggy: To help with access across the site, an accessible Golf Buggy Service will be running inside the site, between the South spectator entrance and NEC Halls.
Late Finish Sessions
|Tuesday 2 August||Badminton||5.30PM - 9.30PM|
|Boxing||6.30PM - 9.45PM|
|Netball||6PM - 9.30PM|
|Weighlifting||6.30PM - 9.30PM|
|Thursday 4 August||Badminton||4.30PM - 10.30PM|
|Boxing||6PM - 10PM|
|Netball||7PM - 10.30PM|
|Para Powerlifting||7.30PM - 10.15PM|
|Weightlifting||7.30PM - 10.15PM|
Due to the finishing time of these sessions, make sure you plan your journey home in advance. National rail services run through Birmingham International station, so there might not be the need to head back towards Birmingham City Centre if you are travelling further afield.
There is plenty of car parking available at the NEC, so if you are attending a late finishing session driving may be your best option for this venue.