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New ICC Sydney precinct officially opened by NSW Premier
Sydney’s revitalised Darling Harbour precinct, including the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), was formally opened to the public over weekend at the Celebrate Darling Harbour event, designed to give Sydneysiders a taste of the vibrant new city hub.
Visitors were invited to enjoy a parade of musical acts, including Grammy Award winner KIMBRA, and get a glimpse of Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue, before its first day of operation on 20th December.
NSW Premier Mike Baird unveiled a commemorative plaque to officially open the venue, saying it and its team will revolutionise the city’s business and entertainment offering for visitors and locals alike.
Premier Baird stated “ICC Sydney sits at the heart of the $3.4 billion reinvigorated domain.
“It is a magnificent accomplishment for the State and will play a significant role in boosting the local economy, generating at least $5 billion in economic benefit for New South Wales over the next 25 years.
“By its third year of operation, ICC Sydney will hold over 1000 spectacular events annually and attract countless visitors to our shores for a year-round calendar of activity. Sydney is truly set to boom.”
ICC Sydney Chief Executive Geoff Donaghy, said the venue will become a centre of innovation, commenting “we know that ICC Sydney will fundamentally change the way events are experienced in Sydney, and are committed to ensuring that each one is a show to remember.
“Our exceptional facilities and world class team will deliver a new benchmark for the industry. And in testament to our outstanding offering, we have already secured almost 500 bookings, with hundreds more in the pipeline.
“From the time we open, the venue will be activated with amazing events, starting with exhibits like The Hunger Games: The Exhibition and Brickman: Wonders of the World Exhibition, and performances from international superstars Keith Urban, PJ Harvey and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
“We look forward to welcoming the world through our doors.”
In advance of the venue’s first event, a concert by Keith Urban in the 9,000 capacity ICC Sydney Theatre on Wednesday (14th December), and its first day of operation on 20th December, the venue has already staged more than 400 test events.
With a striking contemporary design, purpose built to redefine the convention and exhibition experience, the venue offers 8000 metre² of meeting room space, 35,000 metre² of exhibition space, a 5000 metre² open air event deck and Australia’s largest Grand Ballroom
The flexible and fully integrated precinct is connected to the city’s key districts and has strong transport links and a raft of accommodation choices nearby. The revitalised public domain also now includes a stunning new amphitheatre event space for up to 11,000 people, and an additional 3,000 metre²of green space in Tumbalong Park.
The Celebrate Darling Harbour event saw members of the public invited to tour the venue and get a glimpse of the operations of the world’s newest convention, exhibition and entertainment venue.
For more information visit www.iccsydney.com
Images: The completed ICC Sydney with its entertainment, exhibtion and convention modules (top); NSW Premier, Mike Baird and ICC Sydney Chief Executive, Geoff Donaghy shake hands following plaque unveiling (middle) and exhibition space within the venue (below).
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