Hannover Fairground (Messegelände Hannover) used to be an aircraft works with a lot of spacious hangars until 1947, when the space was first utilized as the exhibition grounds for Hannover Fair as a substitute for Leipzig Trade Fair then occupied by Soviet forces. A lot has changed since then as the exhibition grounds incorporate a lot of glass, high ceilings and foliage to create a soothing atmosphere. Indoor space sums up to 496,000 m² (5.3 million sq.ft.) grouped into three separate, but connected subareas, which can function together as a singular event host or run three different events at the same time. In total there are 27 halls and a congress centre, which has 35 rooms and a capacity of 1300 people in total.
What further contributes to Hanover Fairground’s stellar reputation as a versatile venue that can host any trade show is the outdoor area, which adds up to 58,000 m² (624,306 sq ft) space for any kind of installations and events. In addition to the 65 major trade fairs that are held here, it’s not uncommon for the grounds to host a variety of other events be it festivals, concerts or sports meets.
But let’s focus on the highly influential trade events. The list includes, but is not limited to EMO Hannover, Agritechnica, Tire Technology Expo, HANNOVER MESSE, CeMAT, EuroTier, INTERSCHUTZ, IAA Commercial Vehicles Hannover, EuroBLECH and LIGNA Hannover. We also wish to highlight the fact the Hanover Fairground is also often referred to as the biggest trade fairgrounds in the world.