December 6, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

With the venue back to 100 percent capacity, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is set to welcome two sizeable exhibitions in December.

Oz Comic-Con Homegrown is sold out and expects to welcome 7,500 attendees per day this coming weekend. The same event was held in Sydney over this weekend.

One Fine Bay Expo, which will run at the same time as the Comic-Con event is expected to see 5,000 attendees each day.

“Victorians have rolled up their sleeves in their millions, and our high vaccination rates coupled with the preparedness of venues like MCEC to welcome big crowds in a COVIDSafe way make Oz Comic-Con a reality,” said Victoria’s Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula.

“Victoria is open, and there’s not better proof than thousands of people streaming through MCEC for exhibitions and experiences like no other.”

MCEC’s Chief Executive Peter King said the venue had been “rightfully acknowledged as a standout venue for COVID-safety” and that the relationships between the venue team and its customers were paramount.

“What better way to kick off our recovery than to welcome back long-term customers and some new faces too. These relationships are our lifeblood here at MCEC and it is so exciting to see our valued partners able to fill our building again.”

Gary Fitz-Roy, Managing Director of Expertise Events, which is delivering the Comic-Con event, acknowledged the role the venue has played in helping the show get back up and running again.

“We have high praise for their team’s ‘can do’ attitude to navigating both important health requirements and the commercial realities of running a show,” he said.