Exhibitions: Funding will allow NEC Group to develop arena

The NEC Group has secured £25m of funding from Birmingham City Council to redevelop the NEC Arena.

The group plans to revitalise the 28-year-old venue and create a 21st-century entertainment experience, with new seating, hospitality, bars and restaurants.

Scheduled to open in Autumn 2009, the new arena is part of a wider development strategy for the group, which includes plans for a leisure and entertainment complex incorporating a large casino.

"Together, these will provide a catalyst for wider investment that will allow us to compete on not just a national but also a global scale," said NEC Group chief executive Paul Thandi.

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