Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
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|Location||2684 - 2690 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Queensland 4218|
|Owner||Queensland State Government|
|Operator||Star Entertainment Group|
Basketball / Netball: 5,269
|Opened||June 29, 2004|
|Gold Coast Blaze (NBL) (2007-2012)|
Queensland Firebirds (ANZ/NNL) (2008–2017)
AFL Draft (2010, 2012 - 2014)
2018 Commonwealth Games (Netball)
The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) is located on the Gold Coast Highway in Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Queensland. The world-class venue was opened on 29 June 2004 at a cost of A$167 million and is linked by a covered walkway to The Star Gold Coast. Managed by the Star Entertainment Group, the Centre caters for 10 to 6,000 people.
The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre has conference facilities for up to 6,000 delegates and 10,000 sqm of exhibition space. The property features a main arena, four halls, 22 meeting rooms, four registration offices and 12 kitchens for catering. The Centre is located 18.3 kilometres (11.4 mi) from Coolangatta airport. The facility has wireless internet access.
The Centre was expanded at a cost of $40 million in early 2009. The makeover was funded by the Queensland Government, adding two extra exhibition halls, a registration office, three meeting rooms and three new kitchens and an extra 3,000 square metres of floor space in total. The Queensland Government commenced construction proceedings as a result of the increasing demand on the Gold Coast for larger space and concurrent sessions during national and international conventions and incentives. The final product required over 124,000 man hours, 1550 m3 of concrete poured, 375 tonnes of structural steel erected and 7,000 litres of paint.
The GCCEC is home to numerous conventions, from the association, corporate and franchise sectors to consumer shows and entertainment events.
From the 2007-08 NBL season until the end of the 2011-12 season, the venue was home to the Gold Coast Blaze of the National Basketball League with the capacity to seat 5,269 spectators. During Blaze home games the Centre was referred to as "The Furnace" and gained a reputation for having close games with three Blaze games during the 2010-11 NBL season going into overtime. Along with the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Queensland Firebirds, a Brisbane-based netball team in the Suncorp Super Netball played occasional home games at the venue until 2018.
In 2012, GCCEC played host to the Gold Coast judges' audition in the third series of Seven Network's The X Factor and the UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson bout - the first of its kind to be held in Queensland.
In 2019, it will be the venue to host the Eurovision 2019 Australia Decides contest, the first venue for the contest.
In December 2019, the Gold Coast Convention Centre will host the Eurovision Asia Song Contest.
The GCCEC has won more than 20 awards over the past decade, including winner of the 2012 Meetings and Events Industry Awards – National Meeting Venue 500 Delegates or More  and 2010 Meetings and Business Tourism Category at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.
The Centre's environmental practices have been recognised by the world's largest and most recognised environmental management program, EarthCheck, making it a global leader among sustainable conferencing venues and a benchmark operator in the (meetings, incentives, conventions, events) MICE sector. In 2013, the GCCEC made history becoming the first convention centre in the world to achieve prestigious EarthCheck Gold Certification and in 2014, the Centre became the first EarthCheck Certified member to be verified against the EarthCheck Responsible Meetings and Events Standard. The Centre's environmental and social policy  is driven by a volunteer committee of dedicated employees, who also maintain the Centre's annual EarthCheck accreditation program.The Centre has successfully implemented an Environmental Management and Sustainability Plan containing key strategies for energy and water conservation and waste management. GCCEC works with community groups including Australia's leading food rescue organisation OzHarvest to redistribute freshly prepared and packaged foods to local charities.
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