A fetching exterior isn’t all that the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) has to offer to KL2017 As the second-largest sports cluster of KL2017, MITEC has hosted a spectrum of indoor sports in the 29th SEA Games in August, from intense sparring events like boxing and muay to the high-paced affairs that are table tennis and volleyball. Having capably taken on this major event just weeks into its official opening, the venue now prepares to host the remaining half of KL2017, the 9th ASEAN Para Games. Just over half a dozen para sports will be contested here, namely boccia, chess, goalball, powerlifting, table tennis, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball. Situated in the heart of Naza TTDI’s ongoing landmark development, KL Metropolis, MITEC is the largest exhibition centre in the country, bestowed with an equally sizable helping of style. The façade comprises futuristic complex surfaces of metal and glass that wrap a profile mirroring the rubber seed – a key component of the Malaysian economy’s initial growth spurt. The ornate patterns of the songket, a local traditional cloth, can be discerned on the exterior. However, MITEC wasn’t selected as a KL2017 venue just because of its strapping presence, as Günther Beissel points out. “Thanks to its myriad of features and capacities, MITEC easily met the strict criteria set by the organisers,” says the CEO of Prisma Galeri Sdn Bhd, a Naza TTDI subsidiary tasked to manage the building. MITEC does have outstanding credentials, several of which are unheard of before in Malaysia. Within the three double-volume floors are a dozen multi-sized halls with a total gross exhibition area of over a million square feet. It has Malaysia’s largest pillar-less exhibition hall, which provides nearly 140,000 square feet of space, as well as halls offering a massive floor loading capacity of 50kN/sqm. With up to 36 metres of ceiling height, the exhibition halls are expandable to 180 metres in length and 72 metres in width, and each one possesses its own direct service access ramp. In short, the venue was built ready to tackle most events that come its way. “Although MITEC was developed to be the leading trade and exhibition venue in the region, hosting KL2017 proves that it is ready for events beyond that scope,” says Beissel. “It has also given a taste of the full potential of the building and its infrastructure.” Amenities such as VIP suites and lounges, food & beverage outlets and convenience stores, as well as cutting-edge technology behind the scenes and in plain sight (the unmissable 15-metre-tall escalators for example) help sweeten the MITEC experience, making it one of the more popular venues of KL2017!