For Lisbon Area, Life After Expo '98

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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.
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