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Phoenix Convention Center braces for busy summer

Phoenix Convention Center

The Phoenix Convention Center is one of the 25 largest convention venues in the United States.

Comicon, the signature pop culture convention for comic book enthusiasts, kicked off a busy summer season that is expected to draw large crowds to back-to-back events at the Phoenix Convention Center.

“Our great relationship with Phoenix Convention Center staff and service partners has made our event run smoothly,” said Matt Solberg, convention director for Phoenix Comicon. “As our event continues to grow, the convention center continues to accommodate our needs and that’s why we are returning for a second year.”

This year, summer events will draw approximately 247,000 attendees to the downtown area, resulting in more than 106,000 hotel room nights booked. These events will have an estimated direct spending impact of $187 million for the Arizona economy.

“All of these groups, their attendees and participants will boost summer business for the hospitality industry and businesses throughout downtown,” said Phoenix Convention Center Director John Chan.

Upcoming events:

Date Event Expected attendance
May 26-29 Phoenix Comicon 2011 20000
June 4-5 Arizona Home and Building Expo 20000
June 12 Arizona Bridal Show 5000
June 12-16 Southern Baptist Convention 12000
June 23-27 Volleyball Festival 26000
July 8-12 MLB All-Star FanFest 100000
July 16-20 Elks Grand Lodge Convention 10000
July 26-29 International Assoc of Venue Managers 2000
Aug. 2-5 Assemblies of God 30000
Aug. 11-13 Gold Canyon International 2000

The Phoenix Convention Center is one of the 25 largest convention venues in the United States. It offers nearly 900,000 square feet of rentable meeting and exhibition space.


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