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June 25, 2015

Preparing to Open, ICC Sydney Launches Test Program

At an industry showcase of the convention and exhibition destination in Sydney, International Convention Centre Sydney confirmed it would run at least 20 events to test and commission every centimeter of the venue over a three-month period before it officially opens in December 2016.

ICC Sydney Chief Executive Officer Geoff Donaghy provided an update on the opening schedule for the nation’s leading meetings and events venue.

“ICC Sydney will open fully tested and commissioned in December 2016.  As the operator of the venue, AEG Ogden has three months prior to opening to ensure every element of the venue is functioning ...This has the added benefit of ensuring our staff are trained in situ for every event type and previewing the venue to business and local communities ahead of opening,” Donaghy said.

NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, the Hon. Andrew Constance MP, opened the event with an address outlining the Government’s vision for Sydney’s premier business events and entertainment precinct and providing an update on construction.

“ICC Sydney is the centerpiece of a $3.4 billion transformation of Darling Harbour that will completely reinvent the way business events are delivered in our great city,” Minister Constance said.

“Construction of ICC Sydney is well-advanced, with the convention, exhibition and entertainment buildings fast emerging from the ground and some aspects of the façade now being installed.

“Structural steel installation and concrete structural works are progressing and about 1.8 million man hours have already been put in,” the Minister said.

ICC Sydney’s industry showcase provided an opportunity for attendees to meet the management team as they shared with local representatives the ways in which ICC Sydney is being marketed. 

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