Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life


The Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC) has reached the impressive milestone of 100,000 customers in 12-months and the team are celebrating with the ultimate ticket giveaway.

Mackay locals will be given the opportunity to win a share in more than 100 tickets via the MECC’s 100K Competition, simply by uploading any photo or video of them attending an event at either the MECC or BB Print Stadium Mackay. The milestone marker is a cause for celebration, with the strong attendance numbers indicating Mackay’s appetite for live performance and cultural events has grown, and it’s not just the MECC who benefits.

Mayor Greg Williamson said 100,000 customers through the MECC had a far-reaching impact on our local economy.

“We’re seeing out of town visitors use these events as mini-holiday opportunities,” Mayor Williamson said.

“They’re enjoying our accommodation providers, our restaurants and our local businesses.

“It’s tremendous to see and is a testament to the service levels the MECC team provide – people aren’t just coming to our events and shows; they’re coming back, time and time again.”

Manager of MECC and Events Andrew Bobeldyk said the events that were proving the most popular at the MECC and BB Print Stadium may surprise a lot of people.

“Mackay’s love for live music and ballet really stand out when you crunch the numbers,” Mr Bobeldyk said.

“Queensland Ballet’s performance in March had more than 1000 people in the audience!” he said.

The MECC’s 100k Competition closes on Thursday 15 June. Fifty lucky winners will be chosen at random, each enjoying a double pass to a randomly selected performance. Terms and conditions and further details on how to enter can be found at


• Largest stadium event for the 22/23 Financial Year – Mackay Cutters vs Townsville Blackhawks (1708 in attendance

• Largest MECC event for the 22/23 Financial Year – Macrossan & Amiet Solicitors 75th Annual Mackay Eisteddfod – October (14,679 in attendance)

• Month with the highest attendance 22/23 Finance Year – October 2022 (20,662 in attendance)

• Largest attended single event in the MECC Plenary Halls – QLD Museum Unearthed (4693 in attendance)

• Largest attended single event in the MECC Auditorium (excluding Mackay Eisteddfod) – Steve-O The Bucket List Tour (1068 in attendance)

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