Bournemouth International Centre
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|Bournemouth International Centre|
Bournemouth BH2 5BH
|Owner||Bournemouth Borough Council|
|Inaugurated||6 September 1984|
|Opened||16 August 1984|
(£58.8 million in 2016 pounds)
|50 (Meyrick Suite)
38 (Branksome Suite)
26 (Durley Suite)
22 (Avon Room)
20 (Westbourne Suite)
10 (Chine Suite, Southbourne Suite)
|Banquet/ballroom||2,500 (Purbeck Hall)
1,300 (Solent Hal)
350 (Bourne Lougne)
250 (Purbeck Lounge)
200 (Bay View Suite)
|4,045 (Windsor Hall)
1,100 (Tregonwell Hall)
|• Total space||6,982 square metres (75,150 sq ft)|
|• Exhibit hall floor||1,973 square metres (21,240 sq ft)|
|• Breakout/meeting||1,000 square metres (11,000 sq ft)|
|• Ballroom||2,748 square metres (29,580 sq ft)|
The Bournemouth International Centre in Bournemouth, Dorset, is one of the primary venues for conferences, exhibitions, entertainment and events in southern England. Additionally, it is well known for hosting national conferences of major British political parties and trade unions.
The venue's Windsor Hall has a concert capacity of nearly 4,100 and is one of the bigger indoor music venues in the UK, often included on the arena tours of major artists. The smaller Solent Hall can house exhibitions or hold up to 2,000 people for standing music concerts. The Solent Hall replaced the BIC's well-known swimming pool and wave machine in 2004.
Owned and managed by BH Live, the BIC is operated alongside its sister venue, The Pavilion Theatre and Ballroom. BH Live's business model includes levying an additional charge on bookings through the use of a premium-rate 0844 phone number charged at up to 52p per minute.
Between 2006 and 2008, it hosted the Premier League Darts. It was not on the 2009 calendar but was brought back in 2010 and hosts it to this day.
On 13 February it hosted week 2 of the 2014 Premier League Darts.
On 12 February it will host week 2 of the 2015 Premier League Darts.
On 15 March it hosted a concert by Morrissey.
On 19-23 September it will be the location of the Liberal Democrat Party Autumn Conference.
On 1 December it was the location for Alt-J's UK tour.
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