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|Location||Cnr Gold Coast Highway & TE Peters Drive, Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Queensland 4218|
|Owner||Queensland State Government|
|Operator||Echo Entertainment Group|
Basketball / Netball: 5,269
|Opened||June 29, 2004|
|Gold Coast Blaze (NBL) (2007-2012)
Australian Football League 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 Jupiters Hotel and Casino. The Centre caters for 10 to 6,000 people, specialising in all events from small meetings 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 with the capacity to seat 5,269 spectators. During Blaze home 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 based 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 6,000 delegates and 10,000 sqm of exhibition space. The property features a main arena, four halls, 18 meeting rooms, four registration offices and 12 kitchens for catering. The Centre is located 18.3 kilometres (11.4 mi) from Coolangatta airport, 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) from Surfers Paradise and walking distance from 3,000 accommodation rooms and the beach. Centre highlights include onsite Box Office and Ticketek, in-house audio visual services, award-winning catering, 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 is home to numerous conventions from the association, corporate and franchise sectors, consumer shows and entertainment events. To date, the list of entertainment acts and special events staged at the Centre include Mariah Carey, Kings of Leon, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Powderfinger, Carl Barron, Pink, ASP World Surfing Awards, the National Finals Rodeo, Total Carnage Fight Night and the Supanova Pop Culture Expo.
On Saturday December 15, 2012, it played host to UFC on FX: Sotiropoulos vs. Pearson.
The GCCEC has won more than 20 awards since it opened. Most recently, the GCCEC was named winner of the 2012 Meetings and Events Industry Awards – National Meeting Venue 500 Delegates or More. In 2010, the Centre was awarded winner of the Meetings and Business Tourism Category at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.
Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable practices are part of the GCCEC’s core values and is reflective of a culture that displays an unwavering commitment to operating at the world’s highest environmental standards. The Centre's environmental practices have been recognised by the world’s largest and most recognised environmental management program, EarthCheck, making it a global leader among sustainable conferencing venues and a benchmark operator in the (meetings, incentives, conventions, events) MICE sector. In 2013 the GCCEC made history becoming the first convention centre in the world to achieve prestigious EarthCheck Gold Certification. The Centre’s environmental policy is driven by a volunteer committee of dedicated employees, called the Project Green Committee.  The Centre has successfully implemented an Environmental Management and Sustainability Plan containing key strategies for energy and water conservation and waste management.
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