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Rotterdam Ahoy (also known as Ahoy Rotterdam or simply as Ahoy) is a convention centre and multi-purpose arena located in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Opened in 1950, the complex consists of three main venues: a fairs and event hall, a congress and conference centre, and the Ahoy Arena. The Ahoy Arena (known as the "Sportpaleis" from 1971 to 2016), was opened on 15 January 1971 and since April 2019 has an increased seating capacity of 16,426.

Rotterdam Ahoy
Rotterdam Ahoy 2016.jpg
AddressAhoyweg 10
3084 BA Rotterdam
Coordinates51°52′58″N 4°29′17″E / 51.88278°N 4.48806°E / 51.88278; 4.48806Coordinates: 51°52′58″N 4°29′17″E / 51.88278°N 4.48806°E / 51.88278; 4.48806
OwnerOntwikkelingsbedrijf Rotterdam
Opened15 January 1971 by Prince Claus
Renovated1971, 1980, 1988, 1998, 2011
Banquet/ballroom650 (Congreszaal)
Theatre seating
16,426[1] (Ahoy Arena)
6,000 (Club Ahoy)
4,000 (Theater Hal 1)
Enclosed space
 • Total space54,000 m2 (580,000 sq ft)
 • Exhibit hall floor32,230 m2 (346,900 sq ft)
 • Breakout/meeting2,825 m2 (30,410 sq ft)
 • Ballroom30,000 m2 (320,000 sq ft)
Parking2,000 spaces
Public transit accessRET metro logo.svg  D   E  Zuidplein


Rotterdam Ahoy, in its current form, was built in 1970. The complex’s striking design won various national and international awards for its special steel structures. The design of the venue took inspiration from the water, with the building laid out like a ship.[citation needed] The first event to be held there was the Femina family exhibition. Since then, Ahoy has been expanded on a number of occasions, and was renovated and refurbished in 1998 to designs by the architectural firm Benthem Crouwel which created today’s multifunctional venue.

In July 2018, construction work began on an extension to the Ahoy complex. Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre and RTM Stage, designed by Kraaijvanger Architects [nl], is expected to open in the third quarter of 2020. The new premises, featuring a congress centre and 2,750-seat concert hall, will add an additional 35,000 square metres of floor space.[2]


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  1. ^ "Veelgestelde vragen - Rotterdam Ahoy". Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre (RACC)". Kraaijvanger. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  3. ^ "ESCXtra". Retrieved 30 August 2019.

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