Birmingham 2007 European indoor championships
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The Venue

NIA's track record

Since opening in 1991, the National Indoor Arena has staged events in more than 20 different sports at international, national and regional levels. It was Britain's first purpose-built sports arena and was specifically designed for athletics.

National Indoor ArenaIt houses a six-lane demountable 200 metres track with Mondo surface surrounded by tiered seating. Built as part of the arena, the NIA also has a practice hall, which offers an ideal venue for warm up and warm down.

The NIA, which is located in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, provides a comprehensive range of support facilities for athletes, officials, the media and for corporate hospitality.

Since it's first athletics season in 1992, 12 world records have been set at the arena, along with a multitude of area and national records.

Recent major sports events held at the NIA include the World Indoor Championships in Athletics in March 2003, the World Badminton Championships in July 2003 and the Gymnastics World Cup Final in December 2004.

Location Map

Location Map

High Performance Centre

Although the action will be taking place at the NIA the athletes will be able to take advantage of a superb training facility just a few miles away. The Birmingham High Performance Centre was officially opened by Richard Caborn, on 6th February 2003. Located at the renowned Birmingham Alexander Stadium, in Perry Barr. The project was funded jointly by Sport England and Birmingham City Council and forms part of the English Institute of Sport (EIS) network. The EIS has funded its own sports science and medicine centre in the building.
This amazing building offers state of the art indoor training facilities for athletes of all ages and abilities including local schools, giving them access to the following:

  • 110 metre 8 lane track
  • High Jump
  • Pole Vault
  • Triple Jump
  • Long Jump
  • Throws Cage

With the 2012 Olympics fast approaching, this venue will continue to be a unique and essential establishment for athletes to train all year round.

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