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First chance to see £26 million revamp of NIA
The long-awaited transformation of Birmingham NIA is to be unveiled with a launch night starring superstar crooner Michael Buble.
Michael Buble launches Birmingham's new Barclaycard Arena
Renamed The Barclaycard Arena, the singer will be the first act to christen the venue on December 2 and 3. The shows are doubly special as they are also the first nights of his new UK tour.
Work has been under way on a £26 million redevelopment of the NIA, in the centre of Birmingham, for the past 18 months.
Fans are set to be treated to songs from Michael Buble's latest and sixth studio album, To Be Loved, which picked up a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.
Michael Buble's UK tour kicks off in Birmingham
Songs include After All, co-written and performed by fellow Canadian Bryan Adams, along with cover versions of some of Michael's musical heroes from Dean Martin's Nevertheless (I'm In Love With You) to Jackie Wilson's To Be Loved and Elvis Presley's Have I Told You Lately. Actress Reese Witherspoon even joined him to sing the classic Frank and Nancy Sinatra duet Something Stupid.
When it opens under the new name, the Barclaycard Arena will be larger with comfier seats and an enhanced concourse with more food and drink outlets plus two new restaurants in the VIP hospitality section and, most importantly, even more ladies toilets to avoid queues forming.
There's an instant change in the look of the venue too with new illuminated Sky Needles, up to 46m high, and a new glass façade that is set to completely change the view from both from the inside and out of the arena.
Michael Buble Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham December 2 - 3, 2014
Tickets cost £56.70, £67.90 & £84.70 and are available from The Ticket Factory website or by calling 0844 338 8000.