Cardiff International ArenaEdit profile
The Cardiff International Arena (commonly referred to as just The CIA) is an indoor exhibition centre and events arena, located in the capital of Wales, Cardiff, in the United Kingdom and was opened on 10 September 1993 by Shirley Bassey in front of 5,500 fans. It is Cardiff's largest purpose-built exhibition facility. The arena contains a number of function areas, the largest being the Main Arena. The CIA has hosted many national and international events, such as concerts, sports and comedy performances. The Main Arena offers 4,500 square metres of exhibition space, and is very versatile, for the number of different events that take place at the Arena. Full capacity can reach 7,500, in a standing layout and 5,000, for a fully-seated event, which is tempting for artists to visit the Arena whilst on their UK tours. There are over thirty additional areas, including a conference suite (groups of up to 460) and 4 executive boardrooms. The arena is owned by the US media giant Live Nation UK.