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