The $3.4 billion revamp of Sydney’s Darling Harbour precinct officially opened by Premier
Sydneysiders were invited to get a taste of the new city hub and enjoy a parade of musical acts including KIMBRA, and get a glimpse of newest convention, exhibition and entertainment venue, before its first day of operation on December 20.
Attendees experienced the five star convention and exhibition centres, and got a glimpse of the 8000sqm of meeting room space, 35,000sqm of exhibition space, a 5000sqm open air event deck, Australia’s largest Grand Ballroom and the 9,000 capacity ICC Sydney Theatre.
NSW Premier Mike Baird unveiled a commemorative plaque to officially open ICC Sydney, and said the venue and its team will revolutionise the city’s business and entertainment offering for visitors and locals alike.
“ICC Sydney sits at the heart of the $3.4 billion reinvigorated domain and has been delivered both on time and on budget,” he said.
“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.”
Geoff Donaghy, ICC Sydney CEO, said the venue will become a centre of innovation.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
The revitalised public domain also now includes a new amphitheatre event space for up to 11,000 people, and an additional 3,000sqm of green space in Tumbalong Park.
“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,” said Donaghy.