Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
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|Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre|
|Address||Merivale and Grey St
South Brisbane, QLD 4101
|Owner||South Bank Corporation|
|Opened||June 6, 1995|
|Construction cost||$170 million
$140 million (2012 expansion)
|Classroom-style seating||20 (Concord Ballroom)
16 (Arbour Boardroom)
|Banquet/ballroom||2,000 (Plaza Ballroom)
1,100 (Plaza Terrace Room)
600 (Boulevard Room)
300 (Sky Room)
150 (Arbour Lounge)
|Theatre seating||4,000 (Great Hall)
620 (Plaza Auditorium)
430 (Boulevard Auditorium)
|Total space||171,000 square metres (1,800,000 sq ft)|
|Exhibit hall floor||20,000 square metres (220,000 sq ft)|
|Breakout/meeting||3,722 square metres (40,000 sq ft)|
|Ballroom||25,000 square metres (270,000 sq ft)|
The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) is located in South Brisbane, Queensland. The Centre is centrally located in the city’s riverside precinct at South Bank, home to Brisbane’s arts and cultural community. The Centre is built upon the former site of World Expo Park, the rollercoaster theme park built for the hosting of Brisbane's World Expo '88. Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) is owned by South Bank Corporation and proudly managed by leading international venue management specialists, AEG Ogden.
The building is 450 metres in length, 120 m wide and 24 m high. The complex roof design is based on five hyperbolic paraboloids. The building is stabilised by concrete shear walls and clad in steel. A car park is located on the ground floor.
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on Grey Street, the five level, $140 million expansion of the existing Centre, officially opened in January 2012. BCEC on Grey Street was designed to meet an evolving market for smaller and medium sized meetings with two auditoriums for 400 and 600 with accompanying foyer space, speakers’ facilities and private boardrooms, allowing delegates to ‘own’ the floor for their conference. The newly expanded Centre can be used for meetings of all sizes from 8 to 8,000 delegates.
BCEC hosts events such as the Brisbane International Boat Show, graduation ceremonies for Griffith University and Southbank Institute of Technology, art shows, charity events, The Annual Stefan Hair Fashion Spectacular and the International Water Congress. The Centre was selected as the hosting venue for the 2014 G-20 Australia summit.
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From 1998 until 2008 the BCEC Great Hall was the home of three times National Basketball League (NBL) champions the Brisbane Bullets. The Bullets moved from the previous home, the 13,500 seat Brisbane Entertainment Centre, due in part to dwindling crowds and the cost of playing out of the Boondall based stadium. During the 2011-12 NBL season the Gold Coast Blaze played two home games at the centre.
Since 2008 the Convention Centre has also been the home to the Brisbane based Queensland Firebirds who play in netball's ANZ Championship. The Firebirds were a foundation club of the Commonwealth Bank Trophy (CBT) in 1997 and played at the 2,700 seat Chandler Arena. When the CBT was retired in 2007 and the ANZ Championship took its place the Firebirds moved to the new championship and also moved into the larger Convention Centre to be its second major tenant alongside the Bullets. The team also plays selected home games at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
|Interior of the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre|
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