SportsEvents Magazine

SEP 2018

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com September 2018 15 ► SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS Henry B. González Convention Center "San Antonio offers a great experience for fans, players and organizers with top facil- ities that are in close proximity to a wide variety of hotel options," said Casandra Matej, president and CEO of Visit San Antonio. "Coupled with the city's unique sense of place, incredible history and culture, and great attractions for all ages, including The Alamo, River Walk, theme parks and a wonderful culinary scene, San Antonio is a great destination for sporting events." In 2016, the city completed a project to expand, renovate and modernize the facility and to create closer integration with Hemis- fair Park and Alamo Plaza. The effort was funded out of a $550 million bond approved in 2012 and cost $325 million. It was the largest capital project in the city's history. The convention center hosts the annual Health & Fitness Expo for the Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Marathon, gymnastic tournaments such as the Alamo Classic, national cheer and dance competitions, dance recitals and performances, and national volleyball tournaments, according to Stacey Carroll, marketing manager for conventions and meetings at Visit San Antonio. It also hosted the 2018 Fan Fest for the NCAA Men's Final Four Basketball Tournament. The facility includes 514,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, 86,500 square feet of column-free multipurpose space, and more than 70 meeting rooms and divis- ible breakout rooms. At 54,000 square feet, the Stars at Night Ballroom is the largest ballroom in Texas. Alamodome "The Alamodome's $60 million improve- ment project modernized the venue to offer a greater fan experience and enhancements, including the H-E-B Plaza, featuring 37,000 square feet of contiguous event space for concessions, merchandising and other pre-event activities," said Andrea DeLaune, marketing manager for conven- tion and sports facilities for the City of San Antonio. "The state-of-the-art, field-level multipurpose room is designed for post- game interviews and press conferences, and was expanded to add 24,000 square feet. Approximately 26,000 square feet was also added to the east and west concourses to provide more food and beverage choices, a beer garden at both sides and other updates." The recent renovations were the most significant in the Alamodome's 25-year history. The enhancements were vital to main- taining and growing San Antonio's ability to host major marquee sporting events, such as the Valero Alamo Bowl, University of Texas at San Antonio Football and the highly successful 2018 NCAA Men's Final Four Championship in April 2018. This summer, Alamodome officials announced that the facility will host the NCAA Men's Final Four for the fifth time, in April 2025. The 2018 tournament resulted in $185 million in direct spending in San Antonio. ► MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA Monterey Conference Center (MCC) "The center is an economic engine for the hotels and downtown Monterey businesses," said Jenna Hanson Abramson, owner of Mavelle media, which provides market- ing and public relations for the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). "The aver- age conference attendee spends about $300 a day and that is just in spend, not what they pay for their hotel room that also supplies tran- sient occupancy tax (TOT) back to the city." The MCC reopened earlier this year after undergoing a $60 million renovation, which added more than 40,000 square feet of flex- ible meeting space. The space is adjacent to more than 40,000 square feet of space at two connecting hotels, the Portola Hotel and the Monterey Marriott, for approximately 80,000 square feet of total space and 720 guest rooms. The center is now equipped with two large ballrooms that can host sports events and have large load-in docks for heavy equipment or production needs. ► MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) "The $620 million investment in the newly reimagined MBCC further enhances the appeal of hosting sporting events and related meetings and conferences in Greater Miami," said Jose Sotolongo of the Greater Miami CVB's sports tourism and market- ing team. "As a big event destination, this stunning, new world-class venue is ready to welcome sports events, meetings and conventions of all sizes, and committed to exceeding meeting planners' expectations." The LEED-certified renovation and expansion is nearing completion, according to Stephanie Figueroa, media relations and promotions coordinator with the GMCVB, citing "the addition of 300,000 square feet of new space, including a 60,000-square- ► Special Feature: CONVENTION CENTERS The Grand Staircase in the Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). Linda Doane

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