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Zurich: the long route to the new exhibition centre

Published on 8/26/2016 by
Messe Zürich (MCH Group)
Zurich has had its new exhibition centre since 1998. But the route to getting it was an arduous one. Those in charge had already wanted to expand the exhibition site more than ten years previously. But the citizens of Zurich had put a stop to this.

9 June 1985: referendum in Zurich. 1500 votes were lacking for the city's submission for an expansion of the exhibition site to be accepted. "The electorate believed the incorrect arguments put forward by the opponents", is what it says in the annual report for Züspa in 1984/85. But those in charge were not prepared to give up on account of this. Over the short term, they were able to expand the available hall space by means of a provisional hall that offered 3000 square metres of floor space, and they set up parking spaces for 3000 vehicles.

Züspa then finally obtained building permission for a modern new complex in 1995. The last exhibition held in the old halls was the collector's fair in December 1997. In January, the new exhibition centre opened with the "Ornaris" trend fair. The new complex cost CHF 104.9 million to build and was thus some CHF 100,000 below budget.

Messe Zürich vor dem Neubau (MCH Group)

The exhibition center and the Hallenstadion before the expansion of the exhibition site

Messe Zürich, Aussenansicht (MCH Group)

The new exhibition center.

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