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International Convention Centre Sydney
ICC Sydney Convention Block, March 2017.jpg
Exterior view of convention centre (c.2017)
Alternative names ICC Sydney
General information
Location Darling Harbour
Address 14 Darling Dr
Sydney, New South Wales
Coordinates 33°52′24″S 151°11′56″E / 33.8734°S 151.1990°E / -33.8734; 151.1990Coordinates: 33°52′24″S 151°11′56″E / 33.8734°S 151.1990°E / -33.8734; 151.1990
Groundbreaking 10 January 2014 (2014-01-10)
Opened 12 December 2016 (2016-12-12)
Cost A$1.5 billion
Owner Government of New South Wales
Management AEG Ogden
Design and construction
  • Hassell
  • Populous
Structural engineer Robert Bird Group
Civil engineer Hyder Consulting
Quantity surveyor ESO Surveyors
Main contractor Lendlease Group
International Convention Centre Sydney
Banquet/ballroom 790 (Cockle Bay Room)
1,260 (Parkside Ballroom)
2,410 (The Gallery)
3,600 (Grand Ballroom)
Theatre seating 1,000 (Pyrmont Theatre)
2,500 (Darling Harbour Theatre)
9,000 (First State Super Theatre)
Enclosed space
 Exhibit hall floor 37,567 square metres (404,370 sq ft)
 Breakout/meeting 6,925 square metres (74,540 sq ft)
 Ballroom 7,289 square metres (78,460 sq ft)
ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre 20170817
ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre
ICC Sydney Theatre 2017
Aware Super Theatre

The International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) is an exhibition and convention centre which opened in December 2016, in Sydney, Australia. ICC Sydney is Australia's second largest fully integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment centre, behind Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Created as a multipurpose event space, ICC Sydney has over 70 meeting rooms, three theatres and two formal ballrooms.

ICC Sydney includes convention spaces for 2,500, 1,000 and 750 people. It also includes a flexible space of 2,500 square metres (27,000 sq ft) and the largest ballroom in Sydney, able to accommodate 2,000 people. ICC Sydney is within walking distance to over half of Sydney's 33,000 hotel rooms and is just 8 km (5 mi) from the Sydney International Airport. The ICC Exhibition Centre and Entertainment Centre includes 33,000 square metres (360,000 sq ft) of exhibition space, which can be divided into smaller spaces according to requirements. The first major event held at the newly developed centre was RTX Sydney hosted by Rooster Teeth Productions on 4 - 5 February 2017.

The ICC Sydney, part of Darling Harbour Live, is being developed by a consortium comprising AEG Ogden (now ASM Global) Lend Lease, Capella Capital and Spotless, with AEG Ogden playing the role of venue operator.


ICC Sydney is located in the Darling Harbour, skirting the centre of the Sydney central business district and just 8 km (5 mi) from the Sydney International Airport. ICC Sydney is positioned on the waterfront, near Cockle Bay and Tumbalong Park.

ICC Sydney opened adjacent to a new global financial services hub Barangaroo, as well as media, technology and knowledge centres. It features multiple public access points, with the option of visiting the precinct via a choice of walking or transport options including, road, light rail, train and ferry.

History and structure

ICC Sydney was designed by two architectural firms, Hassell and Populous, in a contemporary modern style. It replaces the former Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre that was demolished in December 2013. Construction began in early 2014; an estimated 32,000 cubic metres (1,100,000 cu ft) of concrete will be used to construct the building.

ICC Sydney is an A$1.5 billion development being delivered through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the New South Wales Government and Darling Harbour Live (comprising Lend Lease, Hostplus, Capella Capital, AEG Ogden and Spotless). The development of ICC Sydney is part of a broader A$3.4 billion revitalisation of Darling Harbour. Upon completion, ICC Sydney will adjoin a new 590 room luxury hotel tower (under the Sofitel brand), a residential and commercial development (Darling Square), pedestrian boulevard and improved public domain that are all being created as part of the Darling Harbour development. The development will also include a reconfiguration of Tumbalong Park, providing an additional 3,000 m2 (32,000 sq ft) of green space acting as a new adaptable event space.

In accordance with the contractual agreement with Darling Harbour Live and the NSW Government, ICC Sydney secured First State Super, an equity partner in the PPP's consortium, as the naming rights sponsor for the venue's 9,000 seat entertainment theatre on 1 July 2019. The 9,000-seat venue would now be known as the "First State Super Theatre" for the next 10 years. In September 2020, First State Super Theatre became Aware Super Theatre, following the re-brand of naming rights partner First State Super to Aware Super.

Construction milestones

  • July 2015, ICC Sydney Hotel construction commenced. The hotel consists of 35 storeys and approximately 600 rooms. It is managed by AccorHotels under its Sofitel brand.
  • September 2015, Topping Out Ceremony for the ICC Sydney Theatre. The ceremony that marked the completion of the concrete pour for the top floor of the ICC Sydney Theatre was attended by NSW Premier Mike Baird and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance.


ICC Sydney consists of three conjoined key structures: 9,000-seat Aware Super Theatre (previously known as ICC Sydney Theatre and First State Super Theatre), ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre and ICC Sydney Convention Centre. The buildings contain a number of feature event spaces such as: The Gallery, The Grand Ballroom and Event Deck.

Hosted events

Twenty large international conventions are scheduled for ICC Sydney, including:

  • RTX Sydney 2017
  • AIPC 2017 Annual Conference
  • International Chamber of Commerce World Chambers Federation (ICC WCF) 2017
  • World Chambers Congress, 2017
  • Amway China Leadership Seminar, 2017
  • Dangerous Woman Tour by Ariana Grande, 8 and 9 September 2017
  • RTX Sydney 2018
  • Sibos, 2018
  • SMASH! (Sydney Manga and Anime Show), (2018 - present)
  • Here We Go Again Tour (2018-2019) by Cher, 21 October 2018
  • ASAP Live in Sydney, 20 October 2018
  • Madman Anime Festival Sydney, 2019
  • Golden Tour by Kylie Minogue, 5 and 6 March 2019
  • Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour by Elton John, 21 and 23 December 2019
  • Hillsong Colour Conference yearly in March.


During the 2018 Suncorp Super Netball season, the main theatre hosted two netball matches, one an intra-city derby between Giants Netball and the New South Wales Swifts and the other between the Giants and the West Coast Fever. Despite not being designed with indoor sport in mind, the theatre was utilised by the league due to a lack of stadium availability elsewhere in the city. The venue is unlikely to host netball again, as both clubs will move into a permanent multi-purpose facility at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre in 2020.

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