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Cardiff International Arena
The CIA
CIA Cardiff Wales 001.jpg
Official logo of the Cardiff International Arena
Location Mary Ann Street, Cardiff, CF10 2EQ
Coordinates 51°28′44″N 3°10′18″W / 51.47889°N 3.17167°W / 51.47889; -3.17167Coordinates: 51°28′44″N 3°10′18″W / 51.47889°N 3.17167°W / 51.47889; -3.17167
Opened 14 October 1993
Owner Live Nation UK
Operator Live Nation UK
Capacity 7,500
Tenants
Live Nation UK and the World Trade Centers Association [1]
Not to be confused with Cardiff Arena, the temporary ice hockey arena in Cardiff Bay, home to the Cardiff Devils.

The Cardiff International Arena (CIA) is an exhibition centre and events facility located in the city centre of Cardiff, Wales, in the United Kingdom. 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 and comedy performances. It is often the only place in Wales to host the more famous and high profile performances and events.

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Areas

The Main Arena at the CIA offers 4,500 square metres of exhibition space. There are over thirty additional areas including a conference suite (groups of up to 460) and executive boardroom designed for four people.

Uses

Many big named music acts from all around the world within the music industry (past and present) have performed at the arena ; Acts such as:

Pearl Jam
a-ha
Michael Ball
Celine Dion
Dire Straits
Queen + Paul Rodgers
Girls Aloud
Sugababes
Kelly Clarkson
Westlife
Pussycat Dolls
Iron Maiden
Katherine Jenkins
Gwen Stefani
Boyzone
Beyonce
Slayer
Trivium
Lostprophets
Metallica
Oasis
Cliff Richard
Snow Patrol
P!nk
Kaiser Chiefs
Anastacia
Fall Out Boy
The Saturdays
Def Leppard
Lemar
Lionel Richie
UB40
Rihanna
Avril Lavigne
Paramore
Steps
Counting Crows
Slipknot
Green Day
Stereophonics

Various comedians hold shows at the venue as well, such as Al Murray, Lee Evans and Michael McIntyre.

The venue holds many shows, for example Holiday on Ice, CBeebies Live, Lord of the Dance. The arena also held 3 nights (31 March - 1 April 2009) for the Farewell Tour of Riverdance.

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) use the venue for hosting their UK sports-entertainment (professional wrestling) shows. Similarly, Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling will be hosting an event in January 2010 for the first time as part of their third UK tour.

From 1999 to 2003, it staged the World (9-ball) Pool Championship, a 9-day event broadcast live on Sky Sports.

The arena has hosted The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent auditions and tours, although the Britain’s Got Talent auditions have appeared in other locations in Cardiff such as the Wales Millennium Centre and the New Theatre. From 2009, The X Factor auditions will take place in front of a live audience at the arena.

Lady Gaga is set to play at the CIA on the 3rd March 2010 while touring in Europe in support of the "Monster Ball Tour".

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