By May 2011, the Convention Centre Dublin had already hosted its 250th event, having brought thousands of people into Ireland from overseas. The CCD is also host to the Citizenship ceremonies that welcome new people who want to make Ireland their home. In 2015 the CCD will host events such as Dublin Comicon, The Craft Brews & Food Fair, and iDIG Music – the Dublin International Game Music Festival.
At a Glance
- Sole use of the Convention Centre
- Fully built-in technical support
- 19 rooms of varying configurations, capable of seating 2,100 people
- Seating for 2,000 in the auditorium
- Nine secret bars
- Five spacious landing areas on all levels
- A mixture of halls of varying sizes
- Only one mile from the city centre
- Stunning views of Dublin city
This fantastic venue offers a wonderful space for any Worldcon.
The venue has a spacious exhibit hall; The Forum at 2721m2; The Auditorium, which is suitable for programme plenaries as well as events, seating 2000 people in large comfortable seats, and The Pub, which is a 897m2 hall, that will be our main Hospitality space.
The modern venue boasts an incredible level of fully built-in technical support, which allows for future expansion and new developments to be quickly integrated into existing features. The hire includes a full technical team to manage and maintain the majority of our technical needs. The professional and practiced team, along with the built in nature of the existing technical capabilities means that we hope to achieve a high level of productivity from our space.
The venue also has 19 rooms of varying sizes. There are also 4 board rooms, which together can accommodate 2877 people if configured into Programme space. These rooms have full blackout blinds, air conditioning, free water in every room, and state of the art technology.
Our largest Programming room has the facility to host events and dances. The room is 626m2 and can seat 710 people in theatre style.
There are 6 backstage offices and 2 offices which have public facing interfaces.
The ground floor foyer is 900m2, and this space would accommodate our Registration area.
The social scene within every Worldcon is important. As well as the aforementioned Pub, we hope to have a coffee area in The Forum and there are another 5 foyers totalling 2517m2. These can be used for any purposes we feel fit, however, some of them have ‘secret bars’ fitted, of which there are nine! (see our video of one of these working!).
The foyer on Level 3 (951m2) has two large areas which have heavy duty removable walls. These could be used for more opportunities for changing the space as needed.
We have arranged with the CCD that 12 of our Programme rooms, some of which are as large as 99m2, can be converted into party suites each night, and arrangements are in place for normal party needs.
We feel that we can comfortably accommodate 4500-5000 attending members, which would be larger than the previous UK Worldcons (excluding Loncon 3), and would be an incredible achievement. Should we win the bid, and membership looks as if it may exceed this, there are a number of other space opportunities that the CCD offers, that we would investigate.
The venue is only a mile from the centre of Dublin and has excellent transport links.
The CCD chose to consult with Irish disability organisations at every stage of the building process, from the initial design phase through to staff training for evacuations. This has resulted in a venue that provides a welcoming and comfortable experience to every guest and user regardless of ability. Some of the CCD’s accessibility features include a completely step-free environment with every meeting space being wheelchair accessible. There is Braille signage on all meeting rooms and loop systems in all public spaces. Irish fans and the CCD staff can work together to tailor the CCD’s seating, storage and catering facilities to meet the needs of all of Worldcon’s members. Consultations have already taken place with local fans who have access or dietary needs to ensure inclusion is a core principle of a Dublin Worldcon from the very start.