Palexpo is a convention center in Geneva, Switzerland. The buildings are owned by the canton of Geneva while the company is a semi-private foundation. The center is located close to Geneva Cointrin International Airport. There are seven halls, and 102,000 square metres of exhibition space. The Geneva Motor Show is held at Palexpo.[1]

Palexpo
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Palexpo in 2011
LocationGeneva, Switzerland
Coordinates46°14′06″N 6°07′06″E / 46.2349°N 6.1182°E / 46.2349; 6.1182Coordinates: 46°14′06″N 6°07′06″E / 46.2349°N 6.1182°E / 46.2349; 6.1182
OperatorPalexpo SA
CapacityTennis: 18,400
Field size106,000 square metres
Construction
Broke ground1978
Opened18 December 1981
Renovated2009
Expanded1987, 1995, 2003
Tenants
Davis Cup (1992–2015)
Laver Cup (2019)

HistoryEdit

The construction of the Palexpo began in 1978, and the four first halls with 58,000 m² were inaugurated on 18 December 1981. The Palexpo was then expanded three times: in 1987 with Hall 5, in 1995 with Hall 7, and in 2003 with Hall 6 built above the A1 motorway.

In early 2009, the Palexpo underwent a renovation project to enhance and improve the convention center's architecture, furnishings, and technology. During this renovation, the Palexpo Wi-Fi network was upgraded using Xirrus wi-fi arrays to provide wireless internet for all employees and guests.

EventsEdit

Palexpo hosts a variety of convention and sporting events, including the 2014 Davis Cup semifinals between Switzerland and Italy.

In 2001, the European Automotive Hall of Fame opened and inducted its first class of 13 members. Permanent plaques of honor will be emplaced at Palexpo. This is a European analog to the Automotive Hall of Fame which is now located in Dearborn, Michigan, and which has been in operation since 1936.

In 2019, it will host the third edition of the Laver Cup.[2]

Depeche Mode performed at the convention centre on November 10, 2009 during their Tour of the Universe.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Johnson, Richard. "Thirteen wise men who shaped the course of European auto history". Automotive News. London: European Automotive Hall of Fame. Retrieved March 4, 2016. Europe's greatest automotive innovators and empire builders have long needed a permanent place of honor.
  2. ^ "Geneva to host Laver Cup 2019 | News". Laver Cup. August 23, 2018.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Palexpo at Wikimedia Commons