Sydney Entertainment Centre to be demolished

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The 30-year-old Sydney Entertainment Centre will soon be demolished as part of a $1 billion makeover the Darling Harbour precinct. Over the years, the venue has hosted gigs from the likes of Chemical Brothers, Kanye West and Gorillaz, and is set to host the Sydney leg of this November’s long-awaited Radiohead tour.

The replacement building will feature “a red-carpet premium entertainment facility with a capacity of at least 8000 people, suitable for international entertainment events and ‘mega’ conferences”, the biggest meeting room space in Australia (6000sq m) and the biggest convention hall capacity in the country.

According to NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell, speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald: “The NSW government is creating a vibrant world-class convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct at Darling Harbour that will keep Sydney centre stage as Australia’s global city… [the project] will bring NSW an economic benefit of more than $1 billion over five years. NSW has already lost $150 million in economic benefit over the four years to 2010-11 because the current facilities have not been able to accommodate 169 conventions and 12 exhibitions.”

The exhibition and convention facilities will be closed from late 2013 until late 2016.