Adelaide welcomes opening of its extended Convention Centre
18,000 people streamed through the doors of the Adelaide Convention Centre (ACC) over four days earlier this month to attend a number of free and ticketed events marking the official opening of the Centre’s new West Building.
The program, held from 11th to 14th March, was designed to showcase the building’s versatility with events including public expos, business forums, concerts, art exhibitions and gala dinners.
A highlight of the program was a world record attempt which saw the Centre break the Guinness World Record for the longest line of cakes with more than 21,000 lamingtons measuring 1.073 kilometres winding through the new building. The gigantic Lamington was the table centrepiece for the Longest Lamington Lunch which helped seven local charities raise $19,000.
Following the West Building getting its officially opening on Friday 13th March, ACC Chief Executive Alec Gilbert said he was delighted with the response from the local community.
Gilbert stated “the West Building opening provided a chance for us to showcase the best of South Australia and an opportunity for visitors to learn more about what we do and the contribution we make to the state’s economic, social and cultural fabric.
“The diverse range of events across the four days also gave conference and event organisers a chance to see the new West Building’s unique features and versatility in action.”
Work on the East Building, the second stage of the redevelopment, which replaces the existing Plenary Building (home of the original Centre since 1987) is already underway.
The multi-purpose, state-of-the-art facility will have plenary capacity of up to 3,500 seats. This stage is scheduled for completion in mid-2017.
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