SportsEvents Magazine

SEP 2016

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September 2016 24 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Special Feature: CONVENTION CENTERS do whatever we can to accommodate sports event organizers," said Hierstein. "We're able to bring in additional bleach- er seating, assist with equipment, signage and whatever else might be needed. Plus, we have a lot of groups in the area that are experts in their respective sports and they assist by acting as local organiz- ing committees. That takes some of the burden off of the event organizer. We're a community heavily populated by military so we utilize our military men and wom- en for volunteers. They make for a very professional volunteer corp." THE MINNEAPOLIS CONVENTION CENTER will host USA Volleyball's Girls' Junior National Championships and its Open National Championships in 2017. USA Volleyball's decision to bring two of its national tournaments to Minneapolis in 2017 speaks well of Sports Minneapolis and about the Minneapolis Convention Center that will transform its spaces to hold 70 volleyball courts during the Girls' Junior National Championships. "The Minneapolis Convention Center offers some unique features that help make large sporting events a great fit for the facility," said Smith, director of sales and marketing. "The large vol- leyball events that come to town draw huge numbers of young people and their families, and the center makes it easy for the whole family to have a good experience." Sport Minneapolis staff said the two events could draw 20,000 athletes and 25,000 spectators and the city could take in approximately $65 million, including 59,000 total hotel room nights filled. MCC has 475,000 square feet of exhibit space and 87 meeting rooms. It's home to a 3,400 fixed-seat auditorium and has a 55,000-square-foot ballroom. "Sporting competitions create a different atmosphere in the building than corporate events," said Sarah Britt, director of sales at the Columbia Met- ropolitan Convention Center (CMCC). "The crowd's excitement is contagious and there is certain electricity that fills the air. It's fun to see the same space that we typically use for a black-tie gala transform to accommodate a roller derby or dance competition." COLUMBIA METROPOLITAN CON- VENTION CENTER (CMCC) is a 142,500-square-foot meeting/exhibit facility that boasts a 17,135-square- foot ballroom and a 24,700-square-foot exhibit hall. "Sporting competitions create a dif- ferent atmosphere in the building than corporate events," said Sarah Britt, direc- tor of sales at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. "The crowd's excite- ment is contagious and there is certain electricity that fills the air. It's fun to see the same space that we typically use for a black-tie gala transform to accommodate a roller derby or dance competition." Just down the street is the Colonial Life Arena with a 17,000-square-foot floor. It's home to the University of South Carolina Men's and Women's Basketball as well as host to myriad events. ► The Minneapolis Convention Center Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center Meet Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism/DanceMakers

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