National Exhibition Centre

The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is an exhibition centre located in Marston Green, Solihull, West Midlands, England.[1] It is near junction 6 of the M42 motorway, and is adjacent to Birmingham Airport and Birmingham International railway station. It was opened by the Queen in 1976.

National Exhibition Centre
The main entrance to the NEC (July 2015)
LocationNational Exhibition Centre
Marston Green
Solihull
West Midlands
England[1]
Coordinates52°27′12″N 1°43′10″W
OwnerThe Blackstone Group (since 2018)[2]
OperatorNEC Group
Built16 February 1973 to 1976
Architect
  • Edward Mills
  • Seymour Harris
Opened2 February 1976 (1976-02-02)
Renovated2009, 2018
Expanded1980, 1989, 1993, 1998
Classroom-style seating
40–350
Meeting-room seating
10–720
Banquet/ballroom30–500
Theatre seating
15,683 (Resorts World Arena)
Enclosed space
  Exhibit hall floor190,000 m2 (2,000,000 sq ft)
Parking16,500 spaces
Public transit accessBirmingham International railway station
Website
thenec.co.uk

As of April 2020, the NEC houses NHS Nightingale Hospital Birmingham.