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ADE­LAIDE will this week cel­e­brate the open­ing of the $397 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of the Ade­laide Con­ven­tion Cen­tre.

The launch brings an end to sev­eral years of con­struc­tion that will see the brand new East Build­ing ex­pand the cen­tre’s foot­print to 20,000m2 of mul­ti­pur­pose space.

An open­ing event will be held on Wed evening to of­fi­cially showcase the build­ing and will be at­tended by politi­cians, in­dus­try lead­ers and guests.

Ade­laide Con­ven­tion Cen­tre chief ex­ec­u­tive Alec Gil­bert said the cen­tre was thrilled to fi­nally de­but the new look.

“It’s cer­tainly an ex­cit­ing time for our team and we can’t think of a bet­ter way to launch our newly ex­panded fa­cil­ity than with the In­ter­na­tional Astro­nau­ti­cal Congress next month - the largest event of its kind ever hosted in Ade­laide.”

Gil­bert said the new fa­cil­ity has also re­sulted in a new breed of con­ven­tion cen­tre in terms of in­no­va­tion and flex­i­bil­ity.

The 3,000m2 Ple­nary Hall in the new build­ing can be con­fig­ured into 15 dif­fer­ent lay­outs or pro­vide tiered seat­ing for 3,500 peo­ple.

There will also be the world’s largest ro­tat­ing seat­ing drums in the cen­tre, which are ca­pa­ble of seat­ing 320 peo­ple each.

Lo­cated at the back of the hall, they trans­form to cre­ate two in­di­vid­ual the­atrettes.

The re­de­vel­op­ment is part of a re­ju­ve­nated River­bank Precinct that has 10 planned ho­tels in the area, in­clud­ing a Sofitel and an Aloft prop­erty.

Ade­laide Casino will also un­dergo a $330 mil­lion re­vamp (BEN 27 Jul) to in­clude a new lux­ury ho­tel, VIP gam­ing fa­cil­i­ties and func­tion spaces, that can cater for up to 750 peo­ple for ban­quets and events.

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