The name for Aberdeen’s new £333m conference, exhibition and entertainment venue has been revealed.
The venue will be known as The Event Complex Aberdeen – with the TECA name to be rolled-out worldwide as the new facility is marketed to a global audience.
The project is being delivered by Aberdeen City Council in partnership with Henry Boot Developments and includes a new 12,500 capacity arena, 48.000 Sqm of Exhibition space and Conferencing for up to 5,000, as well as two on site hotels.
TECA will offer a far more flexible and technologically advanced space than the current Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre site, enabling it to compete nationally and internationally for new events.
The complex will be operated and managed by SMG, who currently operate over 240 venues worldwide including; Manchester Arena, First Direct Arena in Leeds, Bridgewater Hall, Bonus Arena in Hull and the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.
The build project is progressing well, with the complex scheduled to open in 2019.
Nigel Munro, project director at Henry Boot Developments said: “TECA will have great economic benefits, including more than 600 jobs during construction and once open attracting millions of pounds of business to the North East economy. We are delighted to be the development partner and an instrumental part of this significant project."
Nick Waight, managing director at AECC commented: “I am proud to be part of this major project for the north east. TECA is the largest ever single investment in a venue in the UK and reflects the ambition of Aberdeen City Council to diversify the local economy and brings an opportunity to add real value to the city, region and to Scotland as a whole. It boasts an impressive airport location, contemporary design and will be very eco-friendly. Our experienced and dedicated team at the AECC will transfer to the new venue and continue to offer the excellent customer service we are renowned for.”
Cllr Jenny Laing, co-leader of Aberdeen City Council, said: “The Event Complex Aberdeen represents one of the most significant developments in the history of the city. It is fantastic to see the construction continuing at pace and the momentum building as the opening draws nearer.
“We are in the midst of the most important period of transformation Aberdeen has ever experienced and TECA is integral to the Council’s £1billion capital programme. There is a hugely positive story for the city to tell about the vision for the future and today’s announcement is another step forward in the journey we are on.”
While TECA will remain the name of the new venue, SMG has various sponsorship opportunities available including naming rights for the venue, which could lead to an evolution of the brand.
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