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|Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre|
View from Conrad Jupiters looking north to Surfers Paradise
|Location||Cnr Gold Coast Highway & TE Peters Drive, Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Queensland 4218|
|Opened||June 29, 2004|
|Owner||Queensland State Government|
Basketball / Netball: 5,269
|Gold Coast Blaze (NBL) (2007-2012)
AFL Draft (2010, 2012-)
2018 Commonwealth Games (Netball)
The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre located on the Gold Coast Highway in Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Queensland was opened on 29 June 2004 at a cost of A$167 million and is linked by a covered walkway to Conrad Jupiters. The Centre caters for 10 to 6,000 people, specialising in all events from small meetings and gatherings to corporate and association conferences, national and international incentives, banquets, exhibitions, concerts and sporting and special events.
From the 2007-08 NBL season until the end of the 2011-12 season, the venue was home to the Gold Coast Blaze of the National Basketball League. The centre is able to seat 5,269 spectators during games. During Blaze games the centre was referred to as "The Furnace" and gained a reputation for having close games with three Blaze games during the 2010-11 NBL season going into overtime. Along with the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Queensland Firebirds, the Brisbane beased netball team in the ANZ Championship play regular home games at the venue.
The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre has conference facilities for up to 5,500 delegates and 10,000 sqm of exhibition space. There are a total of four halls, 18 meeting rooms and four registration offices. 12 kitchens for catering are also available. The Centre is located 18.3 km from Coolangatta airport, 3.5 km from Surfers Paradise and walking distance from 1,600 accommodation rooms and the beach. Centre highlights include onsite Box Office and Ticketek, onsite audio visual services by industry leader Staging Connection, in-house marketing and public relations support and professional event management. Wireless internet access throughout GCCEC allows delegates to send and receive emails, access the internet, research projects or connect directly to their office, wirelessly from anywhere within the venue.
The Centre was expanded at a cost of $40 million and re-opened in early 2009. The makeover was funded by the Queensland Government, adding two extra exhibition halls, a registration office, three meeting rooms and three new kitchens, an extra 3,000 square metres of floor space in total. The Queensland Government commenced construction proceedings as a result of the increasing demand on the Gold Coast for larger space and concurrent sessions during national and international conventions and incentives. The final product required over 124,000 man hours, 1,550 m3 of concrete poured 375 tonnes of structural steel erected and 7,000 litres of paint.
The GCCEC was the winner of the Meetings and Business Tourism category at the 2010 Queensland Tourism Awards. Each year these Awards celebrate the success of the Queensland Tourism Industry by acknowledging and awarding businesses within the sector for their innovation and achievements across 29 categories.
Green Initiative 
The Centre's environmental practices have been recognised by environmental management program, EarthCheck. In 2010 the GCCEC re-achieved the EarthCheck Silver Certification, making it a leader among Australia’s sustainable conferencing venues and a benchmark operator in the MICE sector.
The Centre’s environmental policy is driven by a volunteer committee of dedicated employees, called the Project Green Committee. With the assistance of Environmental Management Group, Ecosure, the past twelve months has seen the Centre successfully implement an Environmental Management Plan and make key changes for energy and water consumption as well as waste strategies.
See also 
- Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
- List of convention and exhibition centers
- Sports on the Gold Coast, Queensland
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- Gold Coast Australia. "Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre" Retrieved 21 December 2010.
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- Ben Dillaway (25 January 2009). "Gold Coast centre open for bigger business". News Limited. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
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- "Labor pledges $40m convention centre upgrade". ABC News Online (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 3 September 2006. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
- Queensland Tourism Awards "Winners and Finalists for 2010". Retrieved 17 December 2010.
- Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. "EarthCheck Silver Accreditation" 3 December 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2010.
- Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. "Our Green Initiative" Retrieved 21 December 2010.
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