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Snapshots of convention centers in the Central US

Lancaster Event Center, Lincoln, Neb.
Located in Lincoln, Neb., the Lancaster Event Center has a combined 400,541 square feet of useable space among two arenas, three pavilions, an expo hall and the 17,000-square-foot Lincoln Room, where meetings and similar events often are held. The facility’s largest room, the Amy Countryman Arena, measures some 87,596 square feet in size and can hold up to 512 10×10 booths.


The next-largest rooms are pavilions 1 and 2, each of which contains 82,250 square feet of space and can hold up to 400 10×10 booths. A third pavilion also holds some 400 booths among its 73,000 square feet of exhibiting space. The Expo Hall has three meeting rooms of 825 square feet each, and the multi-purpose arena has more than 36,000 square feet of space capable of holding 170 10×10 booths. The facility also has a business center and onsite catering and concessions services as well as ample parking.

Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock, Ark.
little-rock-convention-center-eventThe Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Ark., is situated along the Arkansas River and has large exhibition halls, flexible meeting rooms and is adjacent to the Peabody Little Rock Hotel, which provides high quality, onsite catering services. Dedicated in-house teams of professionals assist tradeshows and exhibitors with their event, security, audio-visual and telecommunications needs, and ethernet and wireless connectivity is available. The three-level structure contains some 220,000 square feet of space among its four exhibition halls, meeting rooms, an atrium and ballroom. Two loading areas enable trucks and other vehicles to deliver exhibits quickly and efficiently. An underground parking garage accommodates 550 vehicles, a nearby parking structure has spaces for another 650 vehicles and more than 1,000 parking spaces are located within a couple blocks.

Dallas Convention Center, Dallas
Originally built in 1957 and named the Dallas Memorial Auditorium, the facility was expanded in the 1970s and renamed the Dallas Convention Center with more expansions completed in 1984 and 1994 with light rail service added during the final expansion. The facility has more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space, including a column-free hall containing 203,000 square feet of usable space. Its largest contiguous exhibit space occupies more than 726,000 square feet. Exhibiting equipment can be delivered through one of 75 truck berths, and the world’s largest heliport sits atop the facility. The convention center has a 9,816-seat arena and a 1,740-seat theater along with two large ballrooms and 105 meeting rooms. Free Wi-Fi spots help keep attendees connected to the internet. The 1,000-room Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel adjacent to the convention center opened in 2011.

Pueblo Convention Center, Pueblo, Colo.
pueblo-convention-center-exterior_copyManaged by Global Spectrum, the Pueblo Convention Center is located in downtown Pueblo, Colo., and has more than 21,000 square feet of meeting space and more than 16,000 square feet of space in its exhibit hall and ballroom. A 3,000-square-foot kitchen and dedicated banquet staff provide professional catering and food services, with menus that can be customized for special events or needs. Audio-visual services are available as well as event setup, and state-of-the-art internet and other communications equipment helps ensure events are successful. The grand hall contains 16,200 square feet of space that can be divided among three rooms of 5,400 square feet each or combined into one large exhibit hall.

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio
The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio has four exhibit halls with a combined 440,000 square feet of exhibit space, three ballrooms with prefunction space and a 2,300-seat theater. The facility also has 67 meeting rooms, a full-service business center with UPS package services, 45 loading docks for equipment delivery and Wi-Fi connectivity. Exhibit halls have electrical, water, compressed air and drainage services available for exhibitor use. Originally built as part of the 1968 HemisFair grounds to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of San Antonio, the convention center has been expanded and upgraded three times. The Alamodome and thousands of hotel rooms are located within walking distance along with many restaurants, entertainment venues and the San Antonio Riverwalk.

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