Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
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|Location||2684 - 2690 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Queensland 4218|
|Operator||Star Entertainment Group|
Basketball / Netball: 5,269
|Opened||June 29, 2004|
|General contractor||Brookfield Multiplex|
|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, Australia. 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.
Situated centrally in Broadbeach, the GCCEC is within walking distance to tourism hotspots, five-star accommodation, premium shopping facilities and convenient public transport.
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, 1,550 m3 (2,030 cu yd) of concrete poured, 375 t (413 tons) of structural steel erected and 7,000 L (1,500 imp gal; 1,800 US gal) 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.
On 8 and 9 February 2019 it hosted the Eurovision 2019 Australia Decides contest, the first venue for the contest. The centre once again hosted the contest a year later in 2020.
In December 2019, the Gold Coast Convention Centre was meant to host the first Eurovision Asia Song Contest, however due to production issues the contest had been postponed.
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. 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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