Set to open in December 2016, Sydney’s new $1.5 billion International Convention Centre will boast three new theatres, an entertainment precinct, an open-air event deck, Australia’s biggest ballroom and a new public domain for outdoor events.
ICC Sydney is being delivered by the New South Wales Government and Darling Harbour Live and is part of a larger AU$3.4 billion, 20-hectare transformation of Darling Harbour. It’s operated and marketed by AEG Ogden who manage some of the Asia Pacific region’s biggest stadiums and convention centres including Qudos Bank Arena, The Gabba, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Convention Centre and Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island, among others.
Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect to see at the spectacular harbour-side venue.
THREE ENTERTAINMENT VENUES
ICC Sydney boasts 35,000sqm of internal exhibition space and will become the home of the Australasian Gaming Expo from 2017. The centre also houses three new theatres including the ICC Sydney Theatre which features an innovative fan-shaped design, bringing audiences closer to the stage with unobstructed views. It has a seating capacity of 8,000 and holds 9,000 with GA standing floor. The ICC Sydney Theatre will also include Australia’s largest purpose-built stage area, which at 44m wide is up to twice the size of many Australian live entertainment venues. Entry to the main theatre will see you moving in underneath a 180-square-metre screen with large scale projections.
Australia’s own international music icon, Keith Urban, will be the first artist to headline the ultramodern theatre on 14 December, 2016.
Meanwhile the Darling Harbour Theatre has 2500 tiered seats and is more intimate, with the furthest seat just 32m from the stage. The smallest venue in the complex will be the Pyrmont Theatre seating 1,000.
A NEW PUBLIC DOMAIN FOR OUTDOOR EVENTS
Surrounding the ICC Sydney, there’s been a massive overhaul of the public domain with an outdoor event space for up to 11,000 people planned and improved pedestrian access from Chinatown and Haymarket, Pyrmont, Ultimo and Central Station.
AN OPEN-AIR EVENT DECK
A 5000-square-metre event deck, offset with a bar and lounge area and with views over Tumbalong Park and the city, sits atop the roof of the exhibition centre.
AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST BALLROOM
ICC Sydney will also play host to Australia’s biggest ballroom. Located on the top floor of the building, the spectacular room will boast some of the best views in the city with the ability to host 2000 people in banquet mode and over 3500 in cocktail mode.
Executive chef Tony Panetta will steer the culinary side of the centre, with executive sous chef Constantin Kautz (former head chef at Sydney’s Intercontinental). They’re joined by former chef at the National Gallery of Victoria Jack Astin, chef de cuisine Dylan Sanding and pastry chef Michael Belcher — all overseen by ICC Sydney director of culinary services Lynell Peck. The team has committed to a focus on NSW regional suppliers, and will serve up seasonal, high quality produce and fresh seafood.