It is constructed to a highly innovative design that enables it to offer the best possible attention to all users, and to provide a convenient, comfortable setting for all the different events in its calendar.
It is built with no barriers or obstacles, and an average ceiling height of 18 m. Its total exhibition area is 150,000 m2, distributed in six open-plan exhibition halls where stands can be erected and dismantled easily. It also has other unique, outstanding features such as the multi-purpose BIZKAIA ARENA, which can seat up to 20,000 people, the 18,000 m2 BEC CONVENCIONES convention centre and parking for 4000 cars.
Its versatility, flexibility and high-capacity facilities make the BEC a privileged venue for everything from small scale meetings to events with audiences measured in the thousands. It can adapt to the needs of trade specialists, businesses and the general public alike. Trade shows, congresses, corporate and business brokerage meetings, seminars, examinations, product presentations, anniversary celebrations, commemorations, gala dinners, parties, concerts, sports and cultural events from the smallest to the largest formats can be handled. In the course of a year the BEC hosts events of its own featuring nationally and internationally renowned brands, events co-ordinated with external partners and third-party activities in a wide range of fields.
The Bilbao Exhibition Centre is jointly owned by the Basque Government, the Provincial Council of Bizkaia, Bilbao Municipal Council, Barakaldo Municipal Council and the Bilbao Chamber Of Commerce.