The 2014 and 2016 editions of the Australian International Motor Show have been relocated to Sydney Showground as the event’s traditional home of more than two decades closes for a major redevelopment at the end of next year.
The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre (SCEC) will host this year’s motor show as planned but will be unavailable for the next two biennial Sydney shows as it undergoes a three-year expansion from late 2013.
Australian International Motor Show event director Russ Tyrie said a number of sites were assessed before deciding on Sydney Olympic Park for the home of the 2014 and 2016 Sydney motor shows.
“Whilst the SCEC has been our home for twenty three shows, we are very much looking forward to the opportunities presented to us and exhibitors alike at Sydney Showground,” Tyrie said.
“The Sydney Olympic Park venue will enable the motor show to grow and become a more diverse event. With the expansive outdoor areas giving exhibitors more room and the chance to host both on- and off-stand activities, the possibilities are practically endless.”
Sydney Olympic Park is located approximately 15km west of the CBD. The new home for the motor show is well serviced by public transport and is within walking distance of 10,000 parking spaces.
More than 15,000 square metres of outdoor area will be available to support up to 20 unique indoor venues, which include exhibition halls, pavilions and meeting rooms.
Tyrie said he was looking forward to watching the SCEC take shape, with the Sydney leg of the motor show potentially in line to return to the expanded site in 2018.
Today’s announcement does not affect next year’s Melbourne edition of the Australian International Motor Show, which is scheduled to go ahead as planned from June 27 to July 7, 2013.
The 2012 Australian International Motor Show will be held at SCEC from October 19-28.