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Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre

The Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (also known as the General Electric Exhibition Centre and often shortened to the AECC), was a large exhibition and conference complex, in Aberdeen, Scotland. The complex is home to a Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotel, conference facilities and multi-purpose arena.

Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre
Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre.jpg
Entrance to main building (c.2005)
AddressBridge of Don
Aberdeen AB23 8BL
Scotland
Coordinates57°11′11″N 2°5′14″W / 57.18639°N 2.08722°W / 57.18639; -2.08722Coordinates: 57°11′11″N 2°5′14″W / 57.18639°N 2.08722°W / 57.18639; -2.08722
OwnerAberdeen City Council
Opened1985
Renovated2003
Expanded2003
ClosedJune 2019
Classroom-style seating
440 (Fleming Auditorium)
Banquet/ballroom685 (Gordon Suite)
533 (Crombie Suite)
244 (Forbes Suite)
Theatre seating
8,500 (BHGE Arena)
2,000 (Boyd Orr Hall)
Enclosed space
 • Total space9,849 square metres (110,000 sq ft)
 • Exhibit hall floor7,300 square metres (79,000 sq ft)
 • Breakout/meeting1,033 square metres (11,000 sq ft)

The arena hosted local sporting events, including the Aberdeen Cup tennis event. In 2003, the AECC underwent a major refurbishment,[1] with the conference facilities being completely re-built. As part of the redevelopment, a large viewing tower was constructed and is one of the tallest structures in Aberdeen.

The BHGE Arena[2] (formerly the AECC Arena (1985–2002), Press & Journal Arena (2002–2012), and the GE Oil and Gas Arena (2012–17)) is an indoor arena which can hold around 4,000 to 8,500 people, depending on the event and size of the performance. The sponsorship lasted until 2019 when the arena was closed and replaced with a new arena at TECA.

HistoryEdit

EventsEdit

 
The viewing tower
 
The main entrance in July 2011

Oasis have played several times over the years – their first being two performances on the 19–20 September 1997.[3] They returned for another two gigs on the 9–10 September 2002[4] and once more on 12 December 2005.[5] They performed their most recent, and probably last concerts at the venue on the 1–2 November 2008.[6] All these gigs were sold out in a matter of minutes. Noel Gallagher returned to the venue on 14 February 2012[7] as part of his High Flying Birds Tour. The concert was a sell-out in both capacity and mentally.

Iron Maiden, Neil Young and AC/DC are some the biggest acts in its history when AC/DC played in 1996, Young in 2009 and Iron Maiden in 2011.

On 15 June 2014, American country star Dolly Parton performed a sold out concert at the venue.[8] The concert sold out in less than 10 minutes from going on sale.[9]

Within the last decade it has hosted major international acts including the likes of Westlife, Steps, Kylie Minogue, blink-182, Rihanna, The Prodigy, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, The Killers, Hey Ocean, Katy Perry and Paramore, as well as comedians such as Frankie Boyle, Ricky Tomlinson, Peter Kay, Michael McIntyre and Russell Howard.

One Direction have also played the AECC as part of The X Factor Live Tour 2011.

Since 2006, it has played host to the Premier League Darts.

The arena has also played host to WWE wrestling events, Torville and Dean, Disney on Ice, World Snooker's Grand Prix Championship, The X Factor Live Tour and The Britain's Got Talent Live Tour.

The AECC also hosts many trade conference and exhibitions the largest of which is the biennial SPE Offshore Europe the oil and gas exhibition and conference that which place on alternate years in September.

Replacement CentreEdit

The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA) opened in August 2019, replacing the AECC.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre". mrtarchitects.com.
  2. ^ "BDS Sponsorship is proud to announce brokering new AECC Arena title sponsorship with GE Oil & Gas – BDS Sponsorship & Commercialisation". sponsorship.co.uk.
  3. ^ "Oasisarchive – VIDEO: Oasis Aberdeen 1997". 30 September 2014. Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Oasis Setlist at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Aberdeen". setlist.fm.
  5. ^ "Oasis Setlist at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Aberdeen". setlist.fm.
  6. ^ "Oasis brothers stay in separate hotels after Aberdeen gig". STV News. Retrieved 15 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds add Aberdeen date". STV News.
  8. ^ "Dolly Parton @ Aberdeen AECC". BIG Live Acts.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 October 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

External linksEdit

  Media related to Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre at Wikimedia Commons