Entrance building (2008)
|Location||Ghent, Flanders, Belgium|
|Owner||N.V. Flanders Expo|
|Operator||N.V. Flanders Expo
|Capacity||13,000 (Hall 8)|
|Acreage||54,000 m² (combined)|
Flanders Expo is a multi-purpose arena and convention center located in Ghent, Flanders, Belgium. Flanders Expo was founded in 1986 and officially opened in May 1987 with the third edition of Flanders Technology International. It serves as a venue to host a large variety of events including concerts, exhibitions, trade fairs and sports. The first CEO was Marc Mortier from 1986 till 2002.
Flanders Expo is the biggest event hall in the Flanders region and the second biggest in Belgium. It is the 40th largest exhibition complex in the world.
The complex consists of eight interconnecting halls, each of which can be used separately, a conference centre and three restaurants. Hall 8's capacity is more than 13,000 people. In the vicinity of the halls, there are 4,000 parking spaces.
The central-located flagship hall, Hall 1, is the largest hall and offers an area of 19.152 m². To the left of this central hall are Halls 2, 4 and 6, on the right are 3, 5 and 7. These identical halls all offer 4.032 m² of space. Hall 8 was later added, this is a large multi-purpose square hall with an area of 10.735 m² and a height of 13 meters. This height and a special sound wall helped to improve the acoustics in the hall thus making it suitable for larger productions such as sporting and musical events. On the first floor there is a large room of 850 m², this is called the Forum.
History of events
Until 2002, a lot of concerts took place in Flanders Expo. Famous artists who have performed in Flanders Expo include Tina Turner (12 times), Janet Jackson, Simple Minds, Phil Collins, Bryan Adams, Prince, Cher, Elton John, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, Paul McCartney, Joe Cocker, Whitney Houston, Barry White, U2, Nick Kamen, Eros Ramazotti, Bon Jovi, Metallica, AC/DC, etc.
Every year in autumn it is host to the I Love Techno music festival. It is the biggest indoor techno festival in Europe, with 60,000 visitors in one evening.
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