When looking to book convention center space for a convention, meeting, event or trade show, aren’t all meeting planners searching for the same great experience. Aren’t we all seeking top notch, first rate space with state of the art facilities that is socially responsible and centrally located.
These days top of the list with the planners I have spoken with is high tech, high quality, bigger and greener convention centers. And always important is a flexible, dedicated, service oriented group of staff to help facilitate your convention experience.
The Three largest Convention Centers in the US – Does Size Really Matter?
Conventions, tradeshows and the like attract large numbers of Industry professionals and delegates in the briefest amount of time. Providing a platform for them to learn, meet, sell, network and build industry relationships.
Bigger isn’t always better but when it comes to space for conventions, tradeshows and meetings, like with so many things, size does matter. There really is a great variety of convention centers to choose from. Making the choice of which convention center to go with depends on all kinds of things including the type of gathering, the size and scope of the meeting as well as the meeting requirements. When considering square footage, whether looking to accommodate a trade show, association conference, corporate convention, a meeting or event; accessibility, convenience, outstanding service, functionality as well as a team of meeting professionals that will provide as close to a perfect meeting experience is high on the list.
McCormick Place – We’re Number One in Square Footage…
Committed to providing an outstanding experience, Chicago’s McCormick Place is not only the biggest convention center in the US but it is also known in North America as a premier convention facility. Conventionally located just mere minutes from downtown it’s four hi-tech, state-of-the-art structures: the West Building, Lakeside Center and the North and South Buildings house 2.6 million square feet of exhibit halls, 170 meeting rooms, 600,000 square feet of meeting room space, 6 ballrooms – 2 of which are the largest in the city and three theaters. “Together, they form what many consider to be the economic engine that powers the entire convention and trade show industry.”
With the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place hotel (attached and) located right next door bringing over 800 hotel rooms and additional banquet space as well as a conference center is the perfect scenario.
Orange County Convention Center – We’re Number Two in Square Footage…
‘The Center of Hospitality” is located minutes from the Orlando International Airport and in the center of downtown Orange County, this award winning convention center is the second largest when it comes to square footage. Delivering a great array of event experiences in two stunning structures; the North/South Building and the West Building, with over 2.1 million square feet of exhibition space, 74 meeting rooms and 235 breakouts, two 92,000-square foot general assembly areas, a 2,643 seat theater, a 200 seat lecture hall and more. And encompassed by 113,000 hotel rooms and wonderful amenities that include massage services, remote airline check in, eight food courts and three full service restaurants proves it is not only about size.
The Orange County Convention Center delivers central Florida with significant economic benefits at no expense to the county’s citizens and is dedicated to making each and every experience a successful one.
Las Vegas Convention Center – We’re Number Three in Square Footage …
Known for its adaptability and flexibility, the Las Vegas Convention Center is one of the more up-to-date and well-designed facilities and has accommodated some of the biggest celebrities and athletes as well as some of the best attended tradeshows. Located just east of the strip, with over 241,000 square feet of meeting space or 144 meeting rooms, 2 million square feet of exhibit space, over 225,000 of registration area, a grand lobby that allows for several events to transpire concurrently. Enhancing the meeting and convention spaces, the convention center provides a large range of superior services including 18 concession stands, full service kitchens, convention housing services, complimentary wireless internet access in selected areas and more.
Only a hop, skip and a jump from over 100,000 hotel rooms and the staff of amazing meeting experts allows for a flawless experience.
When it comes to planning a convention, meeting, event or trade show, it’s all about location, space, meeting requirements and a client standard and experiences that are second to none. No matter the budget or event scope, convention centers provide a wide ranging team of professionals that will provide spot-on meeting experiences.
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