In 1998 the hotel underwent a sizeable expansion. This was made possible with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra's desire to move to a more modern Auditorium. The Federal government contributed funding from the Federation Funding Scheme giving the new extension facilities their names; The Federation Concert Hall and The Federation Ballroom. The expansion was opened in 2000 on the eastern side of the Hotel comprising a 1100 seat capacity Concert Hall and a 1000 seat capacity Ball room. The Concert Hall provides an international standard venue for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and more extensive conference and convention facilities for the Grand Chancellor. The Federation concert Hall is currently Hobart's premier concert venue.