A £20 million makeover has been promised for Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena.
The modernisation scheme is the first major change for the NIA since it opened 20 years ago.
City council leader Mike Whitby said the investment would deliver a significant boost and guarantee the long term success of the building, which hosts some of Britain’s top indoor sporting events as well as big-name concerts.
Building work, expected to start at the end of next year, will improve the NIA concourse and exterior.
Coun Whitby (Con Harborne) said: “Major investment in one of the crown jewels in our sporting and events offering is fundamental to our ambition to remain a world-class sports and events destination.
“The works will enhance the area around the arena further boosting regeneration, growth and the attraction of a key part of the city which is visited by thousands of people every day.”
Phil Mead, managing director of NEC Group Arenas, said: “The aim is to make the NIA more accessible, both visually and physically, taking advantage of its key canal-side location.
“Creating a sense of arrival is key, with the possibility of a brand new entrance overlooking the canal at Brindleyplace.
“Improving the customer experience is top of the agenda, with a totally new look and feel to the concourse and superior hospitality.”