Düsseldorf, Germany -- Two years and 140 million euros later, the home of the K show is unveiling some big changes.
Not long after the completion of the last K show in 2016, Messe Düsseldorf unveiled plans for a modernization project aimed at the south entrance and reconstruction of two halls.
The project, now complete, is part of a larger master plan that will see the investment of about 636 million euros until 2030.
Messe Düsseldorf is a busy place, hosting dozens of trade fairs each year. But not all of them are as large as the K show.
Waiting until after the last K show to start construction — and wrapping it up before this year's version — allowed organizers to avoid any unnecessary impact on the triennal show.
Construction took more than two years and saw the demolition of both Hall 1 and 2 to create a more modern and slightly larger meeting and exhibition space.
It opened in late September that the new Hall 1 just in time for Expopharm, an event for the European pharmacy business.
Messe Düsseldorf scheduled the construction work during a time where it could afford to lose some exhibition space. But the facility will be in steady use between now and late June, during what is described as an "extremely busy exhibition period," Messe Düsseldorf CEO Werner Matthias Dornscheidt said in a statement.
"Our plans have worked out. We capitalized on the less busy trade fair cycle since summer 2017 for the construction work and now have the new hall ready to be used," he said.
The project creates a singular Hall 1 with 12,027 square meters, or 129,457 square feet, of floor space with no pillars.
That's enough room to play a game of football, known as soccer in the United States, and still have enough room for another half of a field.
Of course, you could also play a game of U.S. football, known as American football in the rest of the world, as the field sizes are similar in size. There are no plans to play football or American football in the exhibition space, however.