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Encyclopedia > National Exhibition Centre
Atrium entrance 2 at the NEC
Atrium entrance 2 at the NEC
The interior of a section of the atrium
The interior of a section of the atrium

The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is the seventh largest exhibition centre in Europe, located in Solihull, near Birmingham, England. It is near junction 6 of the M42 motorway, and is adjacent to Birmingham International Airport and Birmingham International railway station. It has 21 interconnected halls, set in grounds of 628 acres (2.54 km²). Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2592 × 1944 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2592 × 1944 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2592 × 1944 pixel, file size: 752 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2592 × 1944 pixel, file size: 752 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Metro Toronto Convention Centre, late 2004. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... The Metropolitan Borough of Solihull is a metropolitan borough in the county of West Midlands in England. ... Birmingham (pron. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total 130... For other uses of the term M42, please see M42. ... Birmingham International Airport (IATA: BHX, ICAO: EGBB) is a major airport located 5. ... Birmingham International railway station is located in the borough of Solihull, just east of the city of Birmingham in England. ...


The NEC Arena, host to large music concerts, is part of the complex. The 11,000 capacity NEC Arena was the largest multi-purpose arena in the UK when opening in the mid-1980s and although not the largest it is still a popular venue for touring acts. In the 1980s, and on, it hosted performances by Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Genesis, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, U2, Shania Twain, Tina Turner, Spice Girls, Mariah Carey, The Who,Queen, Guns N' Roses Elkie Brooks, Celine Dion, Neil Diamond and Roger Waters. Several artists and groups have played at the NEC Arena on more than one occasion including Status Quo, R.E.M., Fleetwood Mac, Motown Diva Diana Ross and Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue. Also, in 2003, the NEC Arena was host to WWE's Passport to Pain tour. For other uses, see Black Sabbath (disambiguation). ... Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from east London. ... Genesis are an English rock band formed in 1967. ... Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is an American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, actress, film producer, and former model. ... U2 are a rock band from Dublin, Ireland. ... Shania Twain, OC (born Eilleen Regina Edwards, August 28, 1965, Windsor, Ontario) is a Canadian singer and songwriter in the country and pop music genres. ... Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock) November 26, 1939) is an 11 time Grammy Award-winning (sharing three), American Singer, Dancer, Record Producer, Executive Producer, Film Producer, Actress, Writer, Performer, Songwriter, Author and occasional Painter whose career has spanned from 1956 to present. ... The Spice Girls are a BRIT Award-winning English all-female pop group, which formed in London in 1994. ... Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director and actress. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Look up Queen in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Guns N Roses (abbreviated as GNR) is a nine-piece American hard rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1985. ... Elkie Brooks (born Elaine Bookbinder, 25 February 1945, in Salford) is a British singer, formerly a vocalist with Vinegar Joe, and later a solo artist. ... Céline Marie Claudette Dion Angélil, OC, OQ, (born March 30, 1968) is a Canadian pop vocalist and occasional songwriter. ... Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer and songwriter. ... George Roger Waters (born September 6, 1943) is an English rock musician; singer, guitarist, bassist, songwriter, and composer. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the band. ... This article is about the band. ... Diana Ross (born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross[1] on March 26, 1944) is an American singer and actress, whose musical repertoire spans R&B, soul, disco, and pop. ... Kylie Ann Minogue (born 28 May 1968) is an Australian dance-pop singer-songwriter and occasional actress. ...


Together, the NEC and the NEC Arena host over 5 million visitors each year.


The NEC was home to the British International Motorshow from 1978 to 2004. The NEC also hosts the Clothes Show Live each year, with high street fashions, Model Scouts and Runway Shows. Major sporting events are also held at the venue including Horse of the Year Show and the British Open Show Jumping Championships.
This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... The British Open Show Jumping Championships were launched in 2003 and have been held indoors during April of every year since. ...

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History

Plaque commemorating the opening of the expansion of 1989
Plaque commemorating the opening of the expansion of 1989

The NEC was originally going to be built adjacent to the M1 junction 21 near Leicester but it was turned down by Leicestershire County Council with claims that "The big shows won't move away from London". Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 576 pixelsFull resolution (2491 × 1792 pixel, file size: 604 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 576 pixelsFull resolution (2491 × 1792 pixel, file size: 604 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ...


In November 1971, the Secretary of State for the Environment granted outline planning approval for the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... In several countries, Secretary of State is a senior government position. ...


The NEC, originally comprising 89,000 m² of exhibition space, was opened by the Queen in February 1976. The building was designed by Edward Mills. Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1989, the Queen opened three further halls, increasing the space to 125,000 m². Four more halls were added in 1993, the total exhibition space increasing to 158,000 m². Another four new halls, opened in September 1998 by The Right Honourable Neil Kinnock, European Commissioner for Transport, took the total space to 190,000 m². Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... The Right Honourable (abbreviated The Rt Hon. ... Neil Gordon Kinnock, Baron Kinnock, PC (born 28 March 1942) is a British politician. ... The European Commission (formally the Commission of the European Communities) is the executive of the European Union. ...


Car parks

An NEC shuttle bus outside atrium entrance 2
An NEC shuttle bus outside atrium entrance 2

There are several large car parks around the NEC. Shuttle buses operate to and from the car parks some of which are at a distance to the exhibition halls. The parking fee in 2006 was £7.00, which has been increased to £8.00 for 2007. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2592 × 1944 pixel, file size: 780 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2592 × 1944 pixel, file size: 780 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ...


NEC Group

The parent NEC Group also runs the National Indoor Arena (NIA) and International Convention Centre (ICC), both in central Birmingham. The latter houses Symphony Hall, a concert hall opened in April 1991. The NIA The National Indoor Arena (NIA) situated in Birmingham, England was opened in 1991. ... The International Convention Centre is a major conference venue in central Birmingham, England. ... Symphony Hall is a concert venue located inside the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham, England. ... A Concert hall is a cultural building, which serves as performance venue, chiefly for classical instrumental music. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ...


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External links

  • Birmingham NEC

Coordinates: 52°27′12″N 1°43′10″W / 52.45333, -1.71944 Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


 
 

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