Stars shine at launch event

Singing legend, VIP guests and sell-out crowd make big launch go with a bang

Stars of stage, screen and sport were among guests at the VIP launch of the new £26million Barclaycard Arena. Together with a sell-out crowd of 14,000 fans they were treated to a spectacular show by Michael Bublé as the new-look NIA opened its doors for the first time. Celebrity guests including TOWIE’s Jessica Wright, X Factor contestants Jay James, Paul Akister and Lola Saunders as well as Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford and Rugby World Cup legend Austin Healey.


  1. Michael Bublé launches the Barclaycard Arena
  2. Phil Mead, Diane Youdale
  3. Austin and Louise Healey
  4. John Lamb, Lisa Kennedy
  5. Tom and Amanda Lowe
  6. X Factor’s Lola Saunders, Jay James, Paul Akister
  7. Nick Owen, Vicki Beevers
  8. Stephanie Mayoh, Katy Poulsom, Rachel New
  9. Greg Rutherford, Susie Verrill