Initial Plans Unveiled for Sydney's New Convention Centre

The New South Wales State Government has recently released an initial concept plan to build a US$968 million convention and entertainment centre at Darling Harbour. First announced in December last year, the venue will be named the Sydney International Convention and Entertainment Centre. According to media reports, the venue includes seating for up to 12,000 people, and a “multi-function exhibit hall” of up to 12,000 m2. The reported building cost of the venue in the announced plan is around US$601 million. Reported events to be held at the centre will range from banquets and conventions to music concerts and sporting events.

The new convention centre will be built on the current site of the Sydney Entertainment Centre, an indoor venue focused mainly on hosting entertainment events. A forum was held recently to collect feedback on the initial concept plans from local industry leaders. Construction is reportedly scheduled to begin in September next year and be completed by 2015.

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