LISBON, Portugal -- After the gates have closed behind the last
visitor to Expo '98, taking place here in September, the area will
be transformed into a riverfront entertainment complex and remain a
major attraction for Lisbon.
In addition to the Oceanarium, which is expected to draw 1.2
million visitors annually, several of the main pavilions will
continue to be used after the fair:The Northern International Area will become the Lisbon
International Trade Fair or a convention center.The Utopia Pavilion will become the Lisbon Multipurpose arena,
with a capacity of about 15,000 spectators. The arena, a
dome-shaped structure meant to represent the hull of ship, will be
used for sporting events, conferences and concerts.The Knowledge of the Seas Pavilion will remain a maritime
museum.The Recreational Harbour will host special events throughout
the summer and remain a permanent marina and mooring area for
pleasure craft. It is the main link between the city and the river
and will have capacity for between 700 and 900 watercraft.