Adelaide Convention Centre ’s $397 million upgrade ends with East Building opening

LITTLE more than 30 years ago, Adelaide hosted the “dinner party of the decade” for the gala opening of Australia’s first purpose-built convention centre.

The 1300 guests at the black-tie event dined on Port MacDonnell crayfish and “chicken Barossa”, then heard the-then premier John Bannon declare the North Tce building a “great international asset”.

“It really is going to be the scene of some extraordinary extravaganzas,” he confidently predicted.

It was a bullish time in June, 1987. SA had secured the Formula One Grand Prix and, that month, a $5 billion deal to build six Collins Class submarines.


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