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Bublé to star at Barclaycard Arena after £26m revamp

Michael Bublé will be the star of the show as Birmingham's NIA opens its doors after a major revamp and is relaunched as the Barclaycard Arena.

Michael Buble will be the star of the show at the Barclaycard Arena Credit: PA

The iconic city centre venue has undergone a £26 million redevelopment, with improvements including new seats, more food and drink outlets, and a higher capacity.

Bublé will be opening the UK leg of his sell-out tour at the Arena.

The Barclaycard Arena features improved food and drink outlets Credit: NEC Group

A new glass façade has been created to allow visitors a view over Brindleyplace and the canal, while three sky needles have been installed in a nod to the arena's sporting history, as well as acting as a beacon for people heading there.

The Barclaycard Arena will officially reopen tonight Credit: NEC Group

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Athletics Grand Prix underway in Birmingham

The British Athletics Grand Prix is underway at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena (NIA).

Olympic gold medallist, Mo Farah, has returned this year alongside other athletes made famous during the London 2012 Games, including Jamaican field sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, GB high jumper Robbie Grabarz, and American sprinter Carmelita Jeter.

Britain's Dwain Chambers – one of Europe's fastest sprinters in the history of athletics, is also competing in Birmingham.

Great Britain's Dwain Chambers (centre) during his 100 metre heat Credit: Dave Thompson/PA
Great Britain's Holly Bleasdale after winning the women's pole vault Credit: Dave Thompson/PA
Great Britain's Shara Proctor on her way to winning the women's long jump Credit: Dave Thompson/PA
Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure on her way to winning her women's 60 metre heat Credit: Dave Thompson/PA