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Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre

A distinctive building located in Bridge of Don, on the north bank of the River Don, the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) lies 2½ miles (4 km) north of Aberdeen city centre. Representing the city's largest concert and conference venue, it opened in 1985 to provide a permanent home for the enormous biennial Offshore Europe conference and exhibition for the oil and gas industry. It now hosts national and international conferences, concerts, sporting events, ice spectaculars, banquets and award dinners. Notable acts who have appeared here include AC/DC, Oasis, Status Quo, and Neil Young, together with the comedian Frankie Boyle. The AECC is quoted to contributed an economic benefit of £114 million to the local economy in 2009/10. Its principal space is the AECC arena extending to 7320 sq. m (78,792 sq. feet) with a capacity of 8500. The arena includes a stage and dressing rooms. The centre provides twenty further meeting and breakout rooms including the Boyd Orr Hall (1496 sq. m / 16,103 sq. feet) with seating for up to 2000, the Gordon Suite (559 sq. m / 6017 sq. feet) offering seating for 685 people, the Crombie Suite (471 sq. m / 5069 sq. feet, seating 533), the Forbes Suite (252 sq. m / 2712 sq. feet, seating 244) and the Fleming Auditorium, which seats up to 440 delegates. The building includes a 45-m (147-foot) clad structural steel viewing tower known as The Northern Light. Hotel accommodation has been developed nearby.

The centre was subject to a £13-million redevelopment in 2003, involving the Boyd Orr Hall extended to seat 2000 delegates in plenary sessions, two new multi-purpose halls, and the expansion of others, together with new reception and administration facilities, and upgraded IT and audiovisual equipment.

The AECC is owned and operated by Aberdeen City Council.

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