Fireworks and holograms mark the opening of the Adelaide Convention Centre’s new East Building
Hundreds of invited guests were treated to a firework spectacular over the River Torrens, before being shown first-hand the flexibility and versatility of the state-of-the-art 3000sqm Plenary Hall, the centre piece of the newly completed East Building.
With a 3500 seat capacity, the Hall can be divided into more than 15 configurations, and features the world’s largest rotating seating platforms which can be rotated 180 degrees within minutes.
Weatherill took to the stage first in virtual form, as a hologram, to welcome the guests, before being joined by himself in person.
“South Australia led the nation when we established Australia’s first Convention Centre in 1987 with the Plenary Building, and 30 years on we are celebrating the renewal of the Convention Centre with the completion of the $397 million redevelopment,” he said.
“This expansion and redevelopment of the Convention Centre establishes another premium Riverbank venue for events and conferences, and also provides yet another reason for people to come and visit our great State.”
The Weatherill Government has a lot hanging on the success of the money invested in not just the Adelaide Convention Centre, but the Riverbank Precinct as a whole. But the omens are looking good with 95 events already secured between now and 2020, bringing more than 71,000 delegates to Adelaide.
The first major international conference to be held in the new East Building will be the upcoming 68th International Astronautical Congress in September, expected to attract more than 3500 delegates including tech billionaire Elon Musk – marking the largest event of its kind ever held in Adelaide.
“Our investment in the expansion and renewal of the Adelaide Convention Centre is expected to bring an extra $1.92 billion into the State’s economy over the next 25 years,” said Weatherill.